The field has grown from 12 players to 30 and there are some big names lining up to test themselves at the sun-drenched Gary Player Country Club. Can any of the five-strong Betting.Betfair golf team hit the winner or find some place money? Here are their selections...
"Whether now or later, Dubuisson should thrive at Sun City, where the name of the game is power off the tee, hitting greens in regulation and par-five performance. Dubuisson is top-tier in all those categories."
Joe Dyer: Back Darren Fichardt @ 101.0100/1
Yes, it is probably fanciful to believe the world's 140th ranked player can finish top of this exclusive 30 man pile at the Nedbank but at three figures I'm willing to give Darren Fichardt a chance this week. The South African was my selection last week and, but for one disastrous 10 minutes when hitting a quintuple bogey on the final hole of his second round to tumble from a decent position to under the cut line, would potentially have contended. Hopefully Fichardt viewed having the weekend off as a bonus and enjoyed some downtime, the 38-year-old was on his sixth tournament in succession after all. As for backing him this week, I think there are sound reasons to take the 100-1 about this four-time European Tour winner. Unlike many of the field, Fichardt will know conditions and course very well - he won 2004's Dimension Data Pro-Am there. Knowledge of the Gary Player Country Club course counts for much so my man has an advantage over much of the field and I'd rather be on a local man who knows the place than many of the shorter priced competition.
Mike Norman: Back Ernie Els @ 19.018/1
Apologies in advance for such a short-price selection but my other fancy, Joost Luiten, is only a few points bigger in the betting and he has no course form so he's passed over. As Joe alludes to, experience around this venue is crucial and there isn't a player in this week's 30-man field with more experience of Sun City than Ernie Els. The Big Easy has won here on no less than three occasions, and while those victories were more than 10 years ago now he is still capable of producing some top-class golf. I sense, that more than most players taking part, Els will be relaxed and very much looking forward to this week's challenge. He's speaking very positively beforehand so hopefully he can translate his confident mood on to the golf course for four days.
Steve Rawlings: Back Martin Kaymer @ 13.012/1
It's 26 years since a debutant won the Nedbank Challenge and although up until this year, when the field was upped to 30, only 12 men played in the event, there were always members of the line-up making their first appearance Gary Player Country Club . Five first-timers played twelve months ago and half the field were debutants in 2011 and yet none got close to winning. With two thirds of the field playing in the event for the first time, those with course form have a tremendous advantage and it's hard to envisage last year's winner, Martin Kaymer, not finishing in the first four.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Victor Dubuisson @ 34.033/1
Despite concerns about his lack of course experience, I'm sticking with a man in peak form at a time of year when that can't be said of all that many. Victor Dubuisson has come of age over the past month, finishing the Race to Dubai as well as anyone bar Henrik Stenson and, crucially, winning his first title at the Turkish Airlines Open. For my money, Dubuisson is a serious player, expected to make big progress over the next 18 months. Whether now or later, he should thrive at Sun City, where the name of the game is power off the tee, hitting greens in regulation and par-five performance. Dubuisson is top-tier in all those categories.
Dan Geraghty: Back Gary Woodland @ 44.043/1
I thought 81.080/1 looked a huge each way price about American Kevin Streelman this week, however he was forced to withdraw from last week's Australian Open with an eye injury so he's reluctantly overlooked. Instead I will side with another American in the shape of Gary Woodland. Despite being a course debutant - read Steve Rawlings' preview to get an indication of how important course knowledge is - monster-hitting Woodland should hold an advantage on a course where length is key. Excellent recent form offers a further reason to back him at decent odds.