Westwood excited by return to happy hunting ground

Lee Westwood primed to return to the winner's circle for his first European Tour title defence in five years at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

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Lee Westwood (Picture Credit - Getty Images)

Nov 12, 2019: Lee Westwood is primed for his first European Tour title defence in five years when he tees it up in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – the penultimate Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

The former World Number One fired a stunning final round of 64 at Gary Player Country Club last year to finish three strokes ahead of Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, returning to the winner’s circle for the first time since the 2014 Maybank Championship.

The Englishman became the first European to win the title three times following his victories in 2010 and 2011, to join South African legend Ernie Els and Zimbabwean Major winner Nick Price

Westwood will start the week in Sun City in the company of Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, who currently occupies fourth place on the season-long standings.

Wiesberger has a lead of 387 points over Jon Rahm with just two events left to play. The winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge will receive 1,665 points and a cheque for US$2.5million – before players battle for the largest first prize in tournament golf – US$3million – at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next week.

Also teeing it up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week are 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, who made his last appearance at this event that same year, and South African legend Els, who won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 1999, 2000 and 2002, before the event joined the European Tour’s International Schedule in 2013.

 

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