At a press event on 18 October 2012, the names of the 12 players in the field who will participate in this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge was announced. The event, hosted by Matthew Pearce, took place at The Venue, Green Park and was broadcast live on SuperSport Blitz.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge players in the field for 2012 are: Lee Westwood (England), Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium), Bill Haas (United States), Peter Hanson (Sweden), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Paul Lawrie (Scotland), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Garth Mulroy (South Africa), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Carl Pettersson (Sweden), Justin Rose (England) and Charl Schwartzel (South Africa).
Lee Westwood will defend his Nedbank Golf Challenge title against a strong field of Major winners and European Ryder Cup heroes when the prestigious invitation tournament takes place at Sun City from 29 November to 2 December.
Westwood will be hoping to become the first person in the history of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to win the tournament three successive times following his runaway eight-shot victory in 2010 and then his two-shot triumph in 2011.
But the world number four will face a 12-man field of which half are ranked within the top 30 in the world, and with a combined total of 146 career victories worldwide. And nine players in the field have won this year already.
"There is no doubt that the balance of power in the global game currently rests with European golf, and we are proud to have some of the best players in Europe competing in this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge," said Alastair Roper, the Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
"Defending champion Lee Westwood has become one of the greatest players in the history of this tournament, and he now has a chance to again make history at Sun City this year. We have a strong South African contingent who represents the future of the game. We have a field that has a total of 12 victories worldwide this year alone. So I think we can safely say that we have amongst the best and most in-form players in the game coming to Sun City."
The 2012 Champions Challenge players were announced at an event some weeks ago. American Tom Watson leads the strongest senior field ever to compete at Sun City in this year's Nedbank Champions Challenge. The eight-time Major Champion and one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game is the biggest draw card in the 54-hole Nedbank Champions Challenge.
The 63-year-old Watson is making his debut in the Nedbank Champions Challenge, and joins a field that includes 2010 tournament winner Jeff Sluman and last year's champion Mark Calcavecchia. The other players in this year's field include Gary Player Country Club favourite Nick Price, Welshman Ian Woosnam, Germany's Bernhard Langer, and Americans Jay Haas and Fred Funk.
This rounds off a field that has won a total of 16 Majors, a combined 349 victories worldwide, and a further 69 victories on the Champions Tour and European Senior Tour.
A star-studded entertainment line-up and programme for the days leading up to and during the event was also announced, with some of South Africa's finest talent on the bill. Comedians such as Barry Hilton, Riaad Moosa and David Kau will perform alongside musicians Mango Groove, Kurt Darren, Dr Victor, Elvis Blue and Lloyd Cele and many more. Entertainment will take place in various venues throughout the event. For more information and the full programme please visit: http://www.nedbankgolfchallenge.com
Oasys Innovations is once again offering corporate and public hospitality facilities at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Corporate Hospitality package includes; entrance to the Gary Player Country Club, a fully air-conditioned marquee, reserved seating in a shared facility, HD live SuperSport broadcast, buffet breakfast, lunch and early dinner, full bar of local spirits, beers and wines and post play entertainment. This package is priced at R3 200 for Thursday 29 November and R3 500 for 30 November until 2 December.
The Challenge Club public hospitality is priced at R400 and includes; entrance into the Gary Player Golf Course, access to an air-conditioned marquee located in the hub of the retail, public and entertainment area, LCD screens for viewing on course action and, food and beverages available at an extra charge. Not only does the tournament provide the best golf of the year, but it also offers great entertainment. At the end of play each day, visitors will be able to see some of South Africa's funniest comedians in action and listen to musicians playing their hits in the Hospitality Village and The Hall of Treasures.