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Rory McIlroy commits to Nedbank Challenge in South Africa

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy will tee it up in South Africa at the end of the season after committing to play the Nedbank Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

The World No.7 has agreed to compete in the penultimate Rolex Series event of the season as one of the headline names in the field for the event which carries additional ranking points and a boosted prize fund.

McIlroy will join Sergio Garcia in Sun City where he will hope to record a strong finish to take into the DP World Tour Championship the following week.

It's been a good year for McIlroy, who has a win and another five top-10 finishes to his name so far, and he is currently fourth in the Race to Dubai standings.

The Northern Irishman also has unfinished business in South Africa after he lost out narrowly to Graeme Storm at last year's BMW SA Open.

"I’m looking forward to going back to Sun City," said McIlroy. "I haven’t been there in a long time, so I’m excited about playing it.

"I’ve always had a great time in South Africa whether it be playing golf tournaments, going on safari, or visiting some of the cities."

McIlroy said: "I have been fortunate to win the Race to Dubai on three occasions and this year I want to give myself every chance of winning it for the fourth time.

"So the Nedbank Golf Challenge is a huge week on my schedule and the penultimate event before we battle it out for the Race to Dubai title."

Tournament host Gary Player said: "I am thrilled that Rory McIlroy will be competing in Africa's Major this year at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

"Rory is a four-time Major winner and the crowds simply love rooting for him so no doubt his participation will bring even more energy to the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.

"We are going to have a fantastic field and we are all very excited to watch the drama on the course unfold in November."

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