American Furyk to bid for Nedbank hat-trick

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JOHANNESBURG, Oct 10 (Reuters) World number three Jim Furyk will bid for a third successive Nedbank Golf Challenge victory at Sun City from November 29 to December 2.

The presence of American Furyk was confirmed when the field of 12 was named in Johannesburg today.

British Open champion Padraig Harrington will also be in action, as will South African favourites Ernie Els, winner in 1999, 2000 and 2002, and Rory Sabbatini.

''The greatest golf legends in the world have walked the fairways of the Gary Player Country Club since the tournament's inception and this year is no exception,'' tournament director Alastair Roper said in a media release.

Eleven of the field are ranked in the top 20 in the world.

The winner of the event will earn 1.2 million dollars.

Nedbank Golf challenge field: Ernie Els (South Africa), Jim Furyk (US), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Rory Sabbatini (South Africa), Geoff Ogilvy (Australia), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Luke Donald (Britain), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Adam Scott (Australia), Justin Rose (Britain), Retief Goosen (South Africa).

Reuters BJR DB2122

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