Golf Form Guide

Nedbank Challenge 2023: Course and current form stats

Sun City: Power is a key ingredient on this beast of a course
Sun City: This Gary Player-designed masterpiece was opened 44 years ago

'Africa's Major' has attracted another strong field for what is the penultimate event on this season's DP World Tour schedule. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

  • One of professional golf's longest layouts

  • Fleetwood 8/19.00 chases third victory at Sun City

  • Rai 28/129.00 ready to claim DP World Tour title No 3


Tournament and Course Notes

• Will be the first of four DP World Tour events staged in South Africa over the next five weeks;

• This Gary Player-designed masterpiece was opened in 1979 and, at over 7,800 yards, is one of the longest layouts in professional golf. Demands accurate ball-striking, as well as power and accuracy;

• All par fours are in excess of 420 yards, every par three is over 210, while the shortest par-five is 547 yards;

• The course, which has been part of the DP World Tour schedule since 2013, was built inside an extinct volcanic crater;

• This parkland venue, which is laid out just over 1,000 feet above sea level, has Kikuyu grass fairways and Bent grass putting surfaces, and was carved out of densely wooded rolling countryside. It has narrow tree-lined fairways and small but quick putting surfaces that are well protected by sand;

• Water comes into play on just five holes and there is a handful of interesting dog-legs too.

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Good Current Form And Strong Course History

Two players who can claim to have both good current form, plus a decent recent history at Sun City, are Ryan Fox 12/113.00 and Aaron Rai 28/129.00.

Fox, winner of this year's Wentworth PGA, was runner-up here 12 months ago and has posted three podium finishes in his last five starts.

Rai, who spends most of his time in the States nowadays, finished second to Fox over the West Course, and tied-ninth in Qatar two weeks ago.

His brace of Sun City appearances have yielded finishes of 8-13.

Germany's Marcel Siem 66/167.00, although an unlikely champion this week, has had two top-six finishes at Sun City from three outings. And, during European Tour events last month, he notched up two top-10s. Perhaps a reasonable e/w shout.

Good Current Form

Among a host of players with solid recent form, are Max Homa 8/19.00, Jordan Smith 25/126.00, Thorbjorn Olesen 25/126.00, Rasmus Hojgaard 33/134.00, Ewen Ferguson 40/141.00 and Daniel Hillier 80/181.00.

World No 8 Homa is the highest-ranked pro taking part and was easily America's leading player at this year's Ryder Cup match in Italy.

Good Course Form

Tommy Fleetwood 8/19.00 tees-up in search of a third straight Sun City title and has played pretty solidly over the past six months.

Joost Luiten 50/151.00 might be another strong e/w bet. His current form is respectable, and his seven outings at Sun City have produced five T20s.

Branden Grace 28/129.00 is a former winner of this tournament, while adding another three top-10s.

However, the South African is competing in his first event since The Open in July.

Meanwhile, Ockie Strydom 400/1401.00 and Louis De Jager 70/171.00 have both enjoyed good Sun City performances in Sunshine Tour events.

De Jager is a two-time runner-up since 2016, while Strydom has had six top-10s during the same period.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest Eight At Sun City (2016-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
70.31: Tommy Fleetwood (16)
70.75: Jason Scrivener (8)
70.85: Branden Grace (20)
71.00: Aaron Rai (8)
71.25: Robert MacIntyre (8)
71.38: Julien Guerrier (8)
71.38: Sebastian Soderberg (8)
71.40: Joost Luiten (20)
Min. No. of Rounds = 8
Only those entered this week are included in table

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: Regarding course form, the 2020 tournament refers to the South African Open, not Nedbank Challenge.


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Last 10 Weeks / Sun City Form (2013-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35
Max Homa 7
Tommy Fleetwood MC 6
Ryan Fox 52 2 MC 1 3
Justin Thomas 5
Justin Rose 57 36
Adrian Meronk 1 MC 28 23 13
Robert MacIntyre 6 26 25 MC 45 55
Aaron Rai 9 21 28 MC 2 39
Jordan Smith 5 34 MC 2 72 12 20
Victor Perez 9 28 MC MC MC MC
Vincent Norrman 38 MC 18 1
Pablo Larrazabal 16 MC 20 76 39 MC
Alexander Bjork MC MC MC 18 MC 2
Nicolai Hojgaard 31 56 64 5
Matt Wallace 9 68 28 6 57 61 24
Ryo Hisatsune 21 6 45 1 MC MC 13
Thorbjorn Olesen 9 9 17 Wd 10 33 45 40
Rasmus Hojgaard 16 26 25 4 45 MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC 9 28 16 36 45 55
Thriston Lawrence 36 34 41 54 35 MC 3 47
Yannik Paul 27 MC 14 6 45 45 20
Matthieu Pavon 47 9 1 6 MC MC 81 45
Sami Valimaki 1 MC 41 6 74 23 MC
Jorge Campillo 2 19 62 MC 41 28 33 40
Joost Luiten MC 20 Wd 14 12 5
Nathan Kimsey MC 3 44 14 28 MC 57
Ewen Ferguson 16 13 9 54 10 MC 54 MC
Romain Langasque MC MC 9 MC 14 23 32
Callum Shinkwin MC 63 44 51 7 61
Antoine Rozner 27 35 10 MC MC MC 24
Daniel Hillier 16 19 9 MC Wd 12 63
Connor Syme 26 MC 37 MC 10 7 3
Richie Ramsay 36 19 57 20 28 61 MC
Grant Forrest MC 41 10 MC MC 3
Marcel Siem MC 7 4 MC MC 16 71
Sebastian Soderberg 47 19 41 5 64 54 24
Matthew Southgate MC 46 2 20 Wd 23 MC
Julien Guerrier MC 6 MC MC Wd 39
Hurly Long MC 69 2 MC
Tom McKibbin 9 34 MC 14 MC 51 39 32
Zander Lombard 27 46 2 54 10 69 85 40
Shubhankar Sharma MC 35 MC 36 7 MC
Richard Mansell MC 3 6 MC 28 MC 54 MC
Jens Dantorp MC 56 MC 28 MC 45 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 54 MC MC MC
Todd Clements 63 MC 35 MC MC 72 68
Matthew Jordan MC 13 47 54 MC 51 MC
Calum Hill MC 47 25 10 51 23 51
Marcus Helligkilde 39 9 37 25 70 13
Sean Crocker 9 43 20 44 Wd MC MC
Hennie Du Plessis 54 MC MC 14 51 10 54 47
Francesco Molinari 63 MC
Jeff Winther 44 6 MC 10 2 MC MC MC
Daniel Brown 39 57 MC 41 51 83
Nick Bachem MC 13 MC 25 20 MC 7 MC
Julien Brun MC 28 Wd 6 35 16
Ockie Strydom MC MC MC MC MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC 13 MC 2 MC MC MC MC
Dale Whitnell MC MC Wd MC Wd MC MC
Dan Bradbury 13 6 MC MC 51 MC MC
Louis De Jager MC 4 41 MC 35 36 61
Matthew Baldwin 56 52 71 Wd 35 28 72
Jason Scrivener 9 59 20 Wd 25 54 36
Simon Forsstrom 66 MC MC Wd 41 MC 83 68
Aaron Cockerill 47 MC 41 Wd 61 72 63
Nacho Elvira 3 46 MC 22 MC MC 23 MC
Niklas Norgaard Moller MC MC MC 37 MC 45 36
Daniel Gavins Wd 65 MC Wd Wd Wd MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC MC 45 MC 8
Branden Grace
Rikuya Hoshino 36 26 Wd 2 MC 25 7 MC
Scott Jamieson 3 MC MC MC 79 45 32
Adri Arnaus MC 19 64 14 61 MC 61
Santiago Tarrio 6 MC 28 54 28 57 90 MC
Kalle Samooja 21 MC 9 54 74 MC 20
Alejandro Del Rey 27 MC 17 25 66 33 MC
Player `22 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Max Homa
Tommy Fleetwood 1 1 10 14 21 14
Ryan Fox 2 57 50 52
Justin Thomas
Justin Rose 7
Adrian Meronk 36 MC
Robert MacIntyre 32 8
Aaron Rai 13 8
Jordan Smith 13 48 21 Wd
Victor Perez 44
Vincent Norrman
Pablo Larrazabal 63 35 48 27 60 39 16
Alexander Bjork 57 52
Nicolai Hojgaard 55 67
Matt Wallace 44 5 34
Ryo Hisatsune
Thorbjorn Olesen 44 12 63
Rasmus Hojgaard 8
Adrian Otaegui 19 16 60 55
Thriston Lawrence 13 Dq
Yannik Paul 25
Matthieu Pavon 41 58 60 19
Sami Valimaki
Jorge Campillo 32 13 46 27 67
Joost Luiten 11 10 27 12 14 24 16
Nathan Kimsey
Ewen Ferguson 13
Romain Langasque 29 30
Callum Shinkwin 64 29
Antoine Rozner 32
Daniel Hillier
Connor Syme 49 10
Richie Ramsay 4 42 19 25
Grant Forrest
Marcel Siem 6 39 4
Sebastian Soderberg 5 30
Matthew Southgate 58 52 69 39
Julien Guerrier 9 41
Hurly Long 52
Tom McKibbin
Zander Lombard 64 MC 8
Shubhankar Sharma 3 55 56 27
Richard Mansell 56
Jens Dantorp 46
Maximilian Kieffer 8 60
Todd Clements
Matthew Jordan 44
Calum Hill 14
Marcus Helligkilde
Sean Crocker 36
Hennie Du Plessis 6
Francesco Molinari 27 12
Jeff Winther
Daniel Brown
Nick Bachem
Julien Brun
Ockie Strydom 66
Marcus Armitage 41
Dale Whitnell 36 MC
Dan Bradbury
Louis De Jager 14
Matthew Baldwin
Jason Scrivener 3 16
Simon Forsstrom
Aaron Cockerill 18
Nacho Elvira MC 13 54 29 25
Niklas Norgaard Moller
Daniel Gavins
Masahiro Kawamura 59
Branden Grace 8 39 11 1 3 4 20
Rikuya Hoshino
Scott Jamieson 13 32 44 2
Adri Arnaus 61 30
Santiago Tarrio
Kalle Samooja 58 10
Alejandro Del Rey

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