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By Andrew Swales.   Last Updated: 27/11/12 9:31am

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Lee Westwood: chasing a hat-trick of wins

Lee Westwood: chasing a hat-trick of wins

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First held in 1981, the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City has become one of the most prestigious events on South Africa's sporting calendar.

With even the last placed finisher guaranteed one-quarter of a million dollars, this week's tournament is stroke-for-stroke the most lucrative in world golf.

Lee Westwood, the defending champion, has banked $3.86m in his eight appearances at Sun City, which works out more than 17 hundred dollars per stroke and over 120 thousand per round .......

SUN CITY FORM

Since 2000

Player: '00 / '01 / '02 / '03 / '04 / '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11

Nicolas Colsaerts: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Bill Haas: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Peter Hanson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Martin Kaymer: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 8
Paul Lawrie: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Francesco Molinari: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 11
Garth Mulroy: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Louis Oosthuizen: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 12 / -
Carl Pettersson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Justin Rose: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 2 / 9 / - / T9 / -
Charl Schwartzel: - / - / - / - / - / - / 5 / 10 / - / - / - / 6
Lee Westwood: 2 / 5 / - / - / T6 / - / - / - / T5 / - / Won / Won

Size of Field: 12 / 12 / 12 / 18 / 12 / 12 / 12 / 12 / 12 / 12 / 12 / 12

Note: Lee Westwood also competed in tournament in 1998 (T4th) and 1999 (4th), while Paul Lawrie took part in 1999 (T11th).

CURRENT FORM

Last Ten Weeks

Player: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Nicolas Colsaerts: - / - / - / [35] / - / 14 / 54 / *22* / - / 35
Bill Haas: - / - / - / - / - / *16* / 10 / - / - / -
Peter Hanson: - / - / 34 / - / *8* / Won / 24 / - / - / 16
Martin Kaymer: - / - / 34 / MC / - / 11 / 9 / - / 3 / 26
Paul Lawrie: - / - / MC / - / - / 35 / 36 / - / 10 / 48
Francesco Molinari: - / - / - / 16 / - / 35 / 39 / 5 / - / 34
Garth Mulroy: - / - / [MC] / [29] / [43] / - / 56 / 56 / 50 / -
Louis Oosthuizen: [23] / - / MC / *4* / - / 6 / 6 / 2 / - / 5
Carl Pettersson: [20] / - / - / - / - / *7* / 16 / - / - / -
Justin Rose: [2] / - / - / - / - / 6 / 24 / - / - / 2
Charl Schwartzel: - / - / 66 / - / MC / 16 / - / - / 5 / 3
Lee Westwood: [30] / - / - / - / - / 14 / 6 / - / - / 48

Key to above form guide: 37 - European Tour; [37] - PGA Tour; *37* - other event

CHASING HISTORY

Lee Westwood tees it up in South Africa this week hoping to become the first player in Nedbank Challenge history to win the tournament three years in a row.

Five golfers have won back-to-back Sun City titles but none of them went on to complete the hat-trick.

The following golfers triumphed in successive years:

Seve Ballesteros (1983/84): Was 4th in 1985
David Frost (1989/90: 10th (and last) in 1991, 28 shots behind winner Bernhard Langer
Nick Price (1997/98): 7th in 1999
Ernie Els (1999/00): 2nd - lost play-off to Sergio Garcia in 2001 after the Spaniard had closed with a 63
Jim Furyk: (2005/06): Did not defend in 2007

LOWEST ROUNDS at SUN CITY

61: Padraig Harrington (2001) *
62: Lee Westwood (2011)
63: Sergio Garcia (2001) *
63: Ernie Els (2002)
63: Henrik Stenson (2008)
63: Nick Watney (2009)
64: Eight Times

* - Preferred Lies

Sun City: Par 72; 7,162 yards

Winning Totals (Last Three Years):

2011 - 273 (Lee Westwood)
2010 - 271 (Lee Westwood)
2009 - 277 (Robert Allenby)

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