Tuesday, 08 November 2016
A mongoose looks on from the ninth hole ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge  (Getty Images)
A mongoose looks on from the ninth hole ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Tyrrell Hatton, three of the top four on the Race to Dubai, will be the last to take to the course when the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player gets under way in South Africa on Thursday.

The draw has been made in order on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, with those leading the chase to be crowned European Tour Number One out last at 11.55am.

Marcel Siem, Ricardo Gouveia and David Drysdale will be the first out on the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City when they get round one started at 7.45am. Players will then tee-off in ten minute intervals according to their Race to Dubai position.

As the anticipation builds, Branden Grace, South Africa’s leading player on the World Rankings, will tee off at 11.35am with Thorbjorn Olesen, who kicked off the Final Series with victory in last week’s Turkish Airlines Open, and BMW PGA Champion Chris Wood.

Ten minutes later 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, the leading South African in the Race to Dubai, tees off with Ryder Cup rookie Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Alex Noren, a three-time winner this season, before the final group complete the 72 players in action.

As the race heads towards its climax, Open Champion Stenson will be looking to extend his lead over Masters Champion Danny Willett and Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Tyrrell Hatton.

The second, third and fourth rounds will then be drawn in score order with the leaders out last.

ROUND ONE TEE TIMES

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOREN, AlexSWE18-14
2WANG, JeunghunKOR18-8
T3CAÑIZARES, AlejandroESP18-7
T3GOUVEIA, RicardoPOR18-7
T3DUBUISSON, VictorFRA18-7
T3GRACE, BrandenRSA18-7

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