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Six Ryder Cup players to play Sun City

Six European Ryder Cup stars will feature in the 12-man field for the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa starting next month, organisers said on Wednesday.

Colin Montgomerie, the 1996 champion, and two-time winner Sergio Garcia will lead the European challenge in the 25th staging of the event from Nov 30 to Dec 3, which now boasts a purse of over US$4million.

Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Jose-Maria Olazabal and Henrik Stenson are the other stars of Europe's victory over the United States to be invited to the event at the Gary Player Country Club course, 250km north-west of Johannesburg.

World number two Jim Furyk, the defending champion, is the highest-ranked player in the field, with three-time winner Ernie Els (6th), 2004 winner Retief Goosen (7th) and Garcia (9th) the other invited players who are currently in the world top 10.

Chris DiMarco of the United States and South African debutants Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel complete the field.

"It is a world-class field, with the invites being made by going down the world rankings," Sunshine Tour commissioner Johan Immelmann said.

October 12, 2006




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