Look forward to coming back! Always a great event! said Tommy Fleetwood on twitter. Photo: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

JOHANNESBURG – Tommy Fleetwood has confirmed his participation in the Nedbank Golf Challenge – the seventh Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai – at Sun City from November 14-17.

The English Ryder Cup star last teed it up at this venue during a stellar 2017 season, when a top-10 finish proved to be crucial as he went on to top the Race to Dubai Rankings for the first time in his career.

Fleetwood is once again in contention to be crowned European No 1, currently sitting in fourth-position in the Rankings, and with increased Race to Dubai points now available in the penultimate event of the season, his next stop in South Africa could once again prove to be pivotal.

The 28-year-old enjoyed another dazzling season in 2018, including a memorable debut in the Ryder Cup, when he and Francesco Molinari became the first European pairing to win all four of their matches, helping Europe to a 17.5-10.5 triumph.

Fleetwood’s rise has continued this season, with the World No 13 recording four top-10 and seven top-20 finishes on the European Tour so far, including second-place at the British Open – his second runner-up finish in a Major Championship following the 2018 US Open.

Fleetwood, who has competed in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in four of the last five seasons, said: “This will be my fifth appearance and the Gary Player Country Club is a place that I always enjoy coming to.

“I obviously have good memories from the 2017 season, when my performance helped me to secure the Race to Dubai title. 

“I’m in a good position in the Rankings again at the moment, and hopefully I can build on that in South Africa and enjoy another strong end to the season.”

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Welcoming Fleetwood’s participation, tournament host Gary Player said: “With Tommy now confirming his participation, our tournament has become even stronger, which was certainly one of our goals for this year.”

Fleetwood joins a field that includes his fellow Englishman and defending champion Lee Westwood, and South African Major winner Louis Oosthuizen.

This year, in what is also the 40th anniversary of Sun City and the Gary Player Country Club, Westwood will be looking to make history as the first golfer to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge four times. 

African News Agency (ANA)