Swede Henrik Stenson has accepted an invitation to compete in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, bringing arguably the hottest golfer in the world this year to the Gary Player Country Club from 5-8 December.
Since his finish of second in the Open Championship in July, Stenson went on an incredible run that saw him finish third in the PGA Championship and then win the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship to claim the overall FedEx Cup title and a $10 million bonus.
It marked one of the most amazing comebacks in the game, with Stenson ranked as low as 230th in the world at the start of 2012 and then rising to a career high of fourth on the official world golf ranking in 2013.
He returns to Sun City seeking a second Nedbank Golf Challenge title after beating American Kenny Perry by a crushing nine strokes in 2008.
“Henrik has been a phenomenon of the 2013 season. He’s probably the most talked about player of the year and we are honoured to have him in our field,” said Alastair Roper, the Tournament Director for Sun International’s Nedbank Golf Challenge.
“When he won here in 2008 he thrilled the fans with a display of ball striking that was of the best ever seen in this tournament. It is incredibly exciting that we can welcome him back at the end of such a magnificent year for him.”
Stenson has a proud history at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He finished second in 2006, fourth in 2007, first in 2008, and then second in 2009.
He described his 2008 victory as, “Definitely one of my greatest achievements”. His nine-stroke triumph that year stands as one of the greatest in the history of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with Nick Price winning by 12 shots in 1993.