Only six of the world’s top 50 ranked players will this week assemble for the Nedbank Golf Challenge (NGC)‚ with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy the tournament’s star attraction. McIlroy‚ who is ranked sixth‚ is the only player in the world’s top 20 who will tee up at Sun City‚ while SA’s challenge will be headlined by former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen‚ who is 39th. The NGC‚ which is now a regular fixture on the European Tour and an integral part of the finals series in the Race to Dubai‚ has failed to attract the tour’s heavy hitters. None of the top seven players in the Race to Dubai — Francesco Molinari‚ Tommy Fleetwood‚ Justin Rose‚ Patrick Reed‚ Xander Schauffele‚ Thorbjorn Olesen or former NGC champion Alex Noren — will make the trip south. McIlroy‚ ranked eighth in the Race to Dubai‚ will be joined by China’s ninth-ranked Haotong Li‚ who has to put a soul destroying playoff loss to Rose in the Turkish Airlines Open behind him. Li‚ who putted to win the tournament on the f...

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