Nedbank Golf Challenge
|Location||Sun City, South Africa|
|Course(s)||Gary Player CC|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Ernie Els (1999)|
|To par||−25 Ernie Els (1999)|
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is an annual men's professional golf tournament played at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, North West province, South Africa. It is not an official money event for any of the major tours, and like many high profile unofficial tournaments in professional golf it takes place between the conclusion of the PGA Tour in early November, and Christmas. It usually attracts many of the world's highest ranked players.
The tournament is a twelve man invitational stroke play event, with the field being made up of defending champion, the Sunshine Tour order of merit winner, the four major winners and then completed with the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings following the U.S. PGA Championship. In 2006, the tournament carried world ranking points for the first time since 1999.
When it was conceptualised by Gary Player and founded by Sol Kerzner in 1981, the tournament was known as The Million Dollar Challenge because of its US$1 million prize fund, with the winner's share being $500,000. In 1987 the event was played on a "winner takes all" basis, with the winner claiming the whole of the million dollar purse. This was designed to overcome any qualms the world's top golfers might have about competing in South Africa during the apartheid era, and it was successful in doing this in many cases. In 1988 the winner's prize was again $1 million, but additional prizes were introduced.
From 2000 to 2002 the first prize was increased to $2 million, but the following year the winner's share of the total prize fund was reduced from more than half to around 30%. The standard winner's share on the PGA Tour is 18% and on the European Tour it is 16.67%. In 2006 the winner received $1.2 million out of a total purse of $4.385 million, so the prize distribution is now not far from the normal pattern for a professional tournament, once allowance is made for the small size of the field. That $2 million first prize remains the largest in professional golf, but was matched in 2011 by the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters.
Beginning in 2010, a separate tournament for senior golfers was held concurrently and called the Nedbank Champions Challenge.
|2013||Thomas Bjørn||Denmark||268 (−20)||1,250,000|
|2012||Martin Kaymer||Germany||280 (−8)||1,250,000|
|2011||Lee Westwood||England||273 (−15)||1,250,000|
|2010||Lee Westwood||England||271 (−17)||1,250,000|
|2009||Robert Allenby||Australia||277 (−11)PO||1,200,000|
|2008||Henrik Stenson||Sweden||267 (−21)||1,200,000|
|2007||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||272 (−16)||1,200,000|
|2006||Jim Furyk||United States||276 (−12)||1,200,000|
|2005||Jim Furyk||United States||282 (−6)PO||1,200,000|
|2004||Retief Goosen||South Africa||281 (−7)||1,200,000|
|2003||Sergio García||Spain||274 (−14)PO||1,200,000|
|2002||Ernie Els||South Africa||267 (−21)||2,000,000|
|2001||Sergio García||Spain||268 (−20)PO||2,000,000|
|2000||Ernie Els||South Africa||268 (−20)PO||2,000,000|
|1999||Ernie Els||South Africa||263 (−25)||1,000,000|
|1998||Nick Price||Zimbabwe||273 (−15)PO||1,000,000|
|1997||Nick Price||Zimbabwe||275 (−13)||1,000,000|
|1996||Colin Montgomerie||Scotland||274 (−14)PO||1,000,000|
|1995||Corey Pavin||United States||276 (−12)||1,000,000|
|1994||Nick Faldo||England||272 (−16)||1,000,000|
|1993||Nick Price||Zimbabwe||264 (−24)||1,000,000|
|1992||David Frost||South Africa||276 (−12)||1,000,000|
|1991||Bernhard Langer||Germany||272 (−16)||1,000,000|
|1990||David Frost||South Africa||284 (−4)||1,000,000|
|1989||David Frost||South Africa||276 (−12)||1,000,000|
|1988||Fulton Allem||South Africa||278 (−10)||1,000,000|
|1987||Ian Woosnam||Wales||274 (−14)||1,000,000|
|1986||Mark McNulty||Zimbabwe||282 (−6)||300,000|
|1985||Bernhard Langer||West Germany||278 (−10)||300,000|
|1984||Seve Ballesteros||Spain||279 (−9)||300,000|
|1983||Seve Ballesteros||Spain||274 (-14)||300,000|
|1982||Raymond Floyd||United States||280 (−8)PO||300,000|
|1981||Johnny Miller||United States||277 (−11)||500,000|
As of 2009, the leading money winner in the event is Ernie Els with winnings of $7,971,000.
Nedbank Champions Challenge winners