Rahm in demand for Sun City challenge
BIG-HITTING Jon Rahm could be one of the star attractions at next month’s Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.
Rahm‚ ranked third behind Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia‚ is hoping to mount a strong finish in the Race to Dubai and he may need an impressive showing at the Gary Player Country Club (GPCC) if he hopes to reel in the pace-setting Englishman.
He trails Fleetwood by more than a million points but is hoping to claw back some of that in this week’s Italian Open.
Rahm revealed after triumphing in the Irish Open that winning the Race to Dubai was a major priority for him in his first full season on the European Tour.
The 22-year old said he was inspired by the prospect of emulating his late compatriot, Seve Ballesteros, who won at Sun City in 1983 and 1984.
Rahm will be a big drawcard if organisers can convince him to fly south. The rarefied air and the sheer length (7 000m) of the course will only enhance his impressive ball-striking.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Brandon Stone have already confirmed their participation‚ as has defending champion Alex Noren.
Fellow Swede and former champion Henrik Stenson will also be in attendance.
This year the 2008 winner has not quite scaled the heights of last year when he won the Open.
The 11-time European Tour winner‚ who topped the Race to Dubai rankings last year‚ is looking forward to the event.
“[It] is a tournament that I always enjoy being part of. The course is a fantastic place to play golf‚ and I’m looking forward to getting back to Sun City this year‚” Stenson said.
“We always get a brilliant reception from the South African fans‚ and I’m sure it will be another enjoyable event.”
Organisers are hoping to get a clearer picture of the stars likely to tee up at the GPCC.
This year’s event will be the seventh in the Rolex series and penultimate tournament in the Race to Dubai.
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