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Nedbank Golf Challenge: Martin Kaymer looking to defend title in Sun City

Last Updated: 04/12/13 8:05pm

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Martin Kaymer: Defending champion at the Nedbank Challenge

Martin Kaymer: Defending champion at the Nedbank Challenge

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Defending champion Martin Kaymer heads to this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge once again needing a victory to avoid a winless year.

And the German faces a tough task at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City as the event, which used to feature only 12 players, has been expanded to a 30-man field and officially features on the European Tour for the first time in its 33-year history.

Former world No 1 Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and US Open champion Justin Rose are all competing along with new European No 1 Henrik Stenson.

"I enjoy coming here because it's the last tournament of the year and you can put everything into it," said Kaymer.

"Last year was my last chance, this year is my last chance, so I like being under pressure. It would be nice to finish as high as possible and a victory would be the ultimate."

Stenson won the Nedbank title in 2008 and lost a play-off to Robert Allenby the following year.

The 37-year-old Swede is returning to action for the first time since winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after withdrawing from the South African Open to rest the wrist injury which had plagued him throughout the Final Series.

Stenson has undergone numerous MRI scans and has been taking anti-inflammatory pills, joking that he has spent "more time in the ice bucket than a bottle of Moet & Chandon over the last month".

Stenson is Sky Bet's 11/4 favourite with Charl Schwartzel next in the betting at 5/1 ahead of Rose at 7/1, while Kaymer is a 12/1 chance along with Garcia.

The Nedbank Challenge is live on Sky Sports 4 HD or via the red button from Thursday to Sunday from 8am

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