With the European Tour season reaching its penultimate week, Andy Swales supplies the stats for the trip to South Africa ....
"At more than 7,800 yards in length, the course demands solid, accurate ball-striking, with both power and accuracy required in abundance. Although the ball flies further than normal, due to the venue being just over 1,000 feet above sea level, it still requires plenty of hefty swipes to get to grips with this layout."
From Turkey to South Africa, the European Tour has arrived in Sun City for the Nedbank Challenge.
First staged in 1981, the tournament remains one of the most prestigious events in the Rainbow Nation's sporting calendar.
Hosted by Gary Player, this week's venue is located in the north-west of the country, around 75 miles from Pretoria and will once again be the penultimate destination on the Tour calendar.
After the dust settles on Sunday evening, the leading 50 players in the Race to Dubai standings will head to the United Arab Emirates for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
As for this week's Nedbank-sponsored event, it will feature an elite 64-player field, with the champion banking $2.5m - which is double the amount given to last year's winner Lee Westwood.
Sun City is a luxury resort which opened in 1979, along with its championship golf course which was designed by nine-time major winner Gary Player - now 84 years old.
The course has been a regular venue for two other events on South Africa's Sunshine Tour.
Up until 2009, it hosted the Dimension Data Pro-Am, as well as staging the Sun City Challenge between 2007 and 2011, and again from 2016.
As for the Nedbank Challenge, it has been part of the European Tour schedule for the past six years, and is a layout which immediately earns the respect of every golfer who tees-up here.
At more than 7,800 yards in length, the course demands solid, accurate ball-striking, with both power and accuracy required in abundance.
Although the ball flies further than normal, due to the venue being just over 1,000 feet above sea level, it still requires plenty of hefty swipes to get to grips with this layout.
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Only one par-four is less than 440 yards, while all the par-threes are over 210. The shortest par-five is 547 yards.
From tee-to-green, it remains a course ready to penalise any slightly errant shot thanks to narrow fairways, and small but fast Bentgrass putting surfaces, which are well protected by sand.
Water is not a major issue at Sun City but there are plenty of other hazards to grab a golfer's attention.
At No 18, Tommy Fleetwood is the highest-ranked player taking part, along with four others from the world's top 30.
Fleetwood remains strong off the tee although his form has slipped slightly over the past three months - but he can't be ruled out.
As for other solid tee-to-green players, the experience of Henrik Stenson and defending champion Westwood could prove to be an important ingredient this week.
Westwood has won the Nedbank Challenge three times, two of these before the event became part of the European Tour schedule in 2013, while Stenson triumphed once.
Off The Tee
Two golfers who certainly don't lack length of the tee are Kurt Kitayama and George Coetzee.
Kitayama is also in excellent form, following three top-four finishes from his most recent four starts.
The American lost a play-off in Turkey on Sunday after closing with a 64.
The one doubt against him is that this will be his competitive debut on an extremely testing layout.
Coetzee, on the other hand, has plenty of experience here, and has been in pretty decent form of late too.
He stood on the podium in France and won on his home Sunshine Tour in early November.
The 33-year-old from Pretoria may not turn out to be this week's winner but is definitely a potential each-way candidate on home soil.
Another South African in solid form is Louis Oosthuizen who finished third at the recent HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
The 37-year-old stood on the podium at Sun City 12 months ago and is a former winner over the course - albeit at the Dimension Data Pro-Am of 2007.
Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive
MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves
|Erik Van Rooyen||2||38||MC||10||MC||14|
|Hao Tong Li||46||24||MC||MC||23||51|
|Joachim B Hansen||10||61||2||25||4||MC||MC|
|Erik Van Rooyen||60|
|Hao Tong Li||5||4||20|
|Joachim B Hansen|
|No. of Starters:||72||72||72||30||30||30|