Toms to be Replaced by Langer at Nedbank

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David Toms_HS1Due to mounting security fears for Americans traveling abroad, reigning PGA Champion David Toms has pulled out of the lucrative Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
 
Toms has also withdrawn from the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki, Japan.
 
The rising American star will be replaced in the South African event by Bernhard Langer, where the German veteran will compete in a limited field for a winners check worth $2 million.
 
It is regrettable but perhaps understandable that David has chosen to stay at home, said Tournament Director Alastair Roper. But Bernhard has been a loyal supporter of our tournament, and he has a lot of fans in Africa.
 
Plus, Langer has had a tremendous season in 2001.
 
He has collected several top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including victories at the TNT Dutch Open and Linde German Masters. He also finished third in Julys British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
 
Said Roper: His (Langers) inclusion in the elite field was not a sentimental decision. He has earned his place, and if he continues posting the sort of scores he has this season, he could easily upset some of the more fancied players in Sun City.
 
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