RUSTENBURG – Henrik Stenson returns to the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player for the first time in three years when the 2016 Open Champion tees up in the penultimate Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai from November 14 to 17.
The Swede, who lifted the trophy at Gary Player Country Club in 2008, became the first male Major champion from Scandinavia when he triumphed in The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon three years ago. He recorded a final round 63 in a thrilling battle with Phil Mickelson, which drew comparisons with the legendary “Duel in the Sun” between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977.
Stenson’s last appearance in Sun City came in the same year as that famous win as he went on to top the Race to Dubai Rankings for the second time, after first ascending to the European number one spot in 2013.
As both Sun City and the Gary Player Country Club celebrate their 40th anniversary, the 11-time European Tour winner will aim to claim a second Nedbank Golf Challenge title and his first since the event became part of the European Tour’s international schedule in the 2014 season.
The 43 year old has an impressive record in the event, finishing inside the top 10 in each of his last three appearances, including a runner-up finish behind Australian Marc Leishman in 2015.