JOHANNESBURG – Lee Westwood will defend his title in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player when he joins home favourite Louis Oosthuizen in the field at Sun City for the penultimate Rolex Series event of 2019 from November 14-17.
Westwood’s emotional three-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia in 2018 made him the first European golfer in the history of "Africa’s Major” to win this tournament three times following his other victories in 2010 and 2011.
The Englishman joined Southern Africans Ernie Els, Nick Price and David Frost as the only golfers to have ever won the Nedbank Golf Challenge three times.
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, while 2010 Open Champion Oosthuizen will be seeking to win the title for the first time after finishing third last year, four shots behind the Ryder Cup legend.
Westwood’s final-round duel with Garcia and Oosthuizen last year resulted in the most successful edition of the tournament since it became a full European Tour event, with an overall attendance of 72 000 fans including over 20 000 each day on the weekend alone.