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Luke Donald, former World number one player during the official pro-am of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club. Image credit: Grant Leversha

For every one of the 30-man field gathered at the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge, receiving a personal welcome from Gary Player during the pro-am made for a memorable start to Africa’s Major.

Player had Kaymer in stitches with his tales of Hogan. “When I first played with Hogan, he said five words to me all round. They were, ‘Hello fella’ and at the end, ‘Well played, son’. People told me he must have been talkative that day,” said Player.

Even some of the caddies took time to quiz Player about the nuances of one of South Africa’s most iconic golf courses. They asked him how they should read the swirling winds that come in over the surrounding Pilanesberg Mountains, to the work that went into designing a golf course that has remained challenging from the days of Ballesteros, Nicklaus, Trevino and others in 1981 to the 2013 showpiece when Denmark’s Thomas Bjørn won by two shots.

Bjørn is one of three former champions of this event in the field, including Kaymer (2012) and Westwood (2010, 2011).
The field also includes three Major champions, led by Kaymer (2010 PGA Championship, 2014 US Open) and including Schwartzel (2011 Masters) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 Open Championship).

Bjørn, Kaymer and Westwood are also joined by Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher as five of the 12 players who were on the victorious European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles. And Kaymer, Westwood and Luke Donald are all three former world number ones. It all makes for a tantalizing field with any number of potential winners.

“It’s always great coming back to a golf course where you’ve had success in the past,” said Westwood.

And those who are making their debut in this event were also impressed with their first look at the golf course.

“I like the course. There are small greens, so you have to be accurate with your irons. But it plays to a lot of my strengths, which will be interesting as the week goes along. It would be nice to finish the year off strong,” said American Brooks Koepka.

“The course is in great shape,” added Sweden’s Jonas Blixt. “It’s great being here and a lot of fun. There are a lot of things to do in this resort. I went on safari yesterday and saw three of the Big Five.”

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