Westwood hoping for history at Sun City, Tiger looking for win in Chevron World Golf Challenge

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Updated: November 28, 2012

The official Tours of the PGA and Europe might have concluded, however the top players will have to keep swinging for another 4 days before they can take a deserved break. In Thousand Oaks, California, Tiger Woods will be going for a 6th win in 12 starts at a tournament hosted by himself, while in the stunning surroundings of the Pilansberg, at Sun City in South Africa, Lee Westwood will be looking to become the first player to win the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge for a third consecutive time.

At the Jack Nicklaus designed Sherwood Country Club, a stellar field go head to head for the first prize of a million Dollars. A select group of the worlds best 18 players have been invited by one of the favourites and host Tiger Woods to take part in the elite event in its 14th year.

Brandt Snedeker, the reigning FedExCup champion, and Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, who won last year’s Masters and U.S. Open, respectively line up alongside Woods and 13 Ryder Cuppers,11 from the U.S. team and Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell the 2010 winner. Ryder Cup players Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, who won the World Challenge in 2009 are all featuring and rounding out the field are Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.

This year’s field has combined for 19 PGA TOUR wins led by Woods’ three. Other multiple winners in the field are Snedeker, Mahan, Dufner and Johnson with two  each.

In the wilds of South Africa at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, Lee Westwood hopes to make history by becoming the first player to win the event 3 years running. With a first prize of $1.25 Million, it is a nice little Christmas bonus to be playing for by the 12 man invitational field in what is called “Africa’s Major.” The tournament was first played in 1981 and won by Jonny Miller, however the past winners read a who is who of golf.

This years field will provide Westwood with more than a stern test, countryman Justin Rose, 32, is the highest-ranked of the 12 players after his second place finish at the DP World Tour Championship last week. South African Louis Oosthuizen, 30, follows directly behind Westwood in seventh position on the Official World Golf Ranking. He lost in a playoff against Italy’s Matteo Manassero in the Singapore Open last Sunday. Oosthuizen and four others won European Tour titles this year Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie, Nicolas Colsaerts, and Peter Hanson. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, 2011 Masters champion, former PGA Champion and Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas and Garth Mulroy will also be vying for thee big prize.