Stars Align in Sun City


2004 Nedbank Golf ChallengeA virtual who's who of international golf will descend this week upon the Gary Player-designed Country Club course in Sun City, South Africa, for the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Since its inception in 1979, the tournament has attracted some of the games greatest players due in part to the limited field, the beautiful course and, of course, one of the largest purses in all of golf.
Of the 12-player field, 10 are currently in the top-25 in the world rankings and are led by the host country's dynamic duo of world No. 3 Ernie Els and reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.
Another favorite son of South Africa, Nick Price, will be taking part for the 14th time. Price recently was named the winner of the Bobby Jones Award in recognition of his distinguished sportsmanship in and around the game of golf.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia, already a three-time winner of the event, will be looking to again thwart the home contingent in vying for the first-place prize. Garcia chipped in to top Els in a playoff in 2001 and then last year rolled home a 20-footer for birdie in sudden-death to oust Goosen and collect the $1.2 million first-place check.
A strong American presence will be on hand led by Ryder Cuppers Jim Furyk, Jay Haas, Chad Campbell and Chris DiMarco as well as current British Open champion Todd Hamilton.
Rounding out the field are Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, Australia's Stuart Appleby and England's Lee Westwood. Westwood was recently added to replace Darren Clarke. Clarke has taken the rest off the year off to tend to his wife's health issues.
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