Mass Exodus To Sunnier Climes

Mass Exodus To Sunnier Climes

There are 19 ISM players in the field for the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the stunning Leopard Creek Golf Club this week, a stone's throw across the river from the magnificent Kruger Park in South Africa.

Worksop's Lee Westwood is looking for a well deserved win after great play in 2008 and his warm-up in the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City will see him acclimatised and ready for action. Neighbour, Mark Foster is a previous winner of this event but his victory took place at Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg where he came through a six man play-off to take the title.

Charl Schwartzel who won the title in 2005, is joined this week by younger brother Atti who has been given a Sponsor's Invitation to the event.

South African's James Kingston, Richard Sterne, Louis Oosthuizen, James Kamte, Tyrone Ferreira, Anton Haig and Branden Grace will also be hoping for good performances on their home soil.

Rory McIlroy will be looking to cement his place in the top 50 of the World Rankings for the end of the year which would see him play in his first US Masters. 

Two time winner in 2008 Richard Finch will be joined by David Horsey and Gary Lockerbie, the Challenge Tour stars of last year. Also in the field are Ross McGowan, Simon Dyson, Michael Lorenzo Vera and Chris Wood, winner of the Amateur Silver Medal at the 2008 Open Championship.

DarrenNorthern Ireland's Darren Clarke heads off to Australia where he plays in the Australian Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club and he is joined there by New Zealander Mark Brown and India's Shiv Kapur.

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