‘King Louis’ to ap­pear at Sun City

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MA­JOR winner Louis Oosthuizen has con­firmed his place in the 2017 Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge hosted by Gary Player from Novem­ber 9 to 12.

This year, the $7.5 mil­lion tour­na­ment at the Gary Player Coun­try Club in Sun City, South Africa, takes its place as part of the Euro­pean Tour’s new Rolex Series, a pre­mium cat­e­gory of eight events on the Race to Dubai.

Oosthuizen, who has 13 ti­tles world­wide, tri­umphed at the Open Cham­pi­onship at St An­drews in 2010 to claim his maiden Ma­jor ti­tle.

He will make his sev­enth ap­pear­ance in “Africa’s Ma­jor” when he tees it up at Sun City and aims to im­prove on his pre­vi­ous best fin­ish of fourth place in 2012.

Oosthuizen said: “I’m al­ways very ex­cited to play the Chal­lenge, and I can’t wait to tee it up again this year.

“Play­ing in front of a home crowd is al­ways a lot of fun. It all adds up to make this one of the most spe­cial weeks on tour.”

Tour­na­ment host Gary Player said: “I am de­lighted to have Louis join us as one of South Africa’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional play­ers, and I’m so pleased he con­tin­ues to sup­port golf in South Africa.”

Oosthuizen heads to Sun City hav­ing achieved a ca­reerbest fin­ish of tied sec­ond in The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship this year, and amid an ex­cit­ing evo­lu­tion of the Chal­lenge.

The tour­na­ment will be the sev­enth of eight events on the Rolex Series, a pre­mium cat­e­gory of tour­na­ments each with a min­i­mum prize fund of $7mil­lion.

With the sig­nif­i­cant prize fund and greater Race to Dubai points on of­fer, Oosthuizen will be joined by some of the world’s top golfers, in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion and world num­ber eight Alex Noren, in the fi­nal event be­fore the sea­son-end­ing DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship, Dubai.

Tick­ets for the 2017 Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge on sale at www. tick­et­pros.co.za.

Adults will pay R100 for ac­cess on the prac­tice and pro-am days on Tues­day 7 Novem­ber and Wed­nes­day 8 Novem­ber, af­ter which the cost will be R200 on Thurs­day 9 Novem­ber and Fri­day 10 Novem­ber, and R220 on Satur­day 11 Novem­ber and Sun­day 12 Novem­ber, all ex­clud­ing a pro­gramme.

Chil­dren be­tween the ages of 12 and 17 will gain free ac­cess on Novem­ber 7 and 8, af­ter which they will pay R90 on 9 and Novem­ber 10, and R100 on Novem­ber 11 and 12, all ex­clud­ing a pro­gramme. Chil­dren un­der 12 will gain free ac­cess for the du­ra­tion of the event.

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