Westwood Returns to Sun City to Defend His Crown

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The Westwood influence will be even stronger at this week's Dimension Data Pro-Am than it was in the father and son duo that John and Lee triumphed at Sun City last year.
 
The Westwoods claimed a unique double in South African golf last year, with Lee emerging as the champion in the professional section of the tournament and then claiming victory with his father, John, in the amateur competition as well.
 
Another victory this week will give the Westwood clan plenty to celebrate, considering that Lee's wife Laurae, is seven months pregnant with their first child. The growing family presence on the fairways this week features inclusion of Scotland's Andrew Coltart, Westwood's brother in-law, in the field.
 
The presence also of Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, a close friend of Lee from the same Chubby Chandler management group, adds to the 'Lee Westwood and Friends' nature of this event.
 
Clarke, Westwood and Coltart will be joined by Ireland's Paul McGinley and Sweden's Matthias Gronberg. Zimbabwe's Nick Price, a multiple winner of the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City, will no doubt lead the local challenge. Retief Goosen will be aiming to build on his top-ten finish in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, where he produced a brilliant 64 - featuring a score of 29 on the back nine - in the final round.
 
Zimbabwean Mark McNulty is not short of form. McNulty's record reads two tournament victories in three months. The dapper McNulty claimed a rare hat-trick of wins in the Cabs/Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open towards the end of last year and recently a win in the Nashua Nedtel Cellular SA Masters earlier this month. Tony Johnstone completes the Zimbabwean triumvirate.
 
Rondebosch Pro Shane How will be warmly welcomed at Sun City this week. How gave up his sponsor's berth to Justin Rose the young Durban-born UK star who was runner-up to Adam Scott in the Alfred Dunhill last week.
 
When Dimension Data, executive chairman, Jeremy Ord heard of How's generous gesture, he extended a personal sponsor's invitation to the Cape player.
 
'How's action epitomizes the spirit of the Pro-Am. Over the past five years it has become a highlight of the Sunshine Tour for its unique blend of tough, professional competition and fun relaxation and camaraderie between the pros and amateurs competing for the Dimension Data trophy,' said Ord.
 
This year's field includes no less than 24 South African tournament winners on both the 2000/2001 Sunshine Tour and other international tours.
 
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