Injured Dubuisson replaced by Todd in Nedbank Golf Challenge fieldon December 1, 2014
Victor Dubuisson has withdrawn from next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge and has been replaced in the field by American Brendon Todd.
Dubuisson has had to withdraw because of a back injury. Todd qualified by virtue of his world ranking of 42 after the initial cut-off date of the Monday after the PGA Championship.
His inclusion in the December 4-7 tournament at the Gary Player Country Club makes him the third American in the field alongside Kevin Na and Brooks Koepka.
“We’re obviously disappointed not to have Victor join us at Sun City, but we understand his reasons and wish him a speedy recovery. At the same time, we’re delighted to see Brendon make his debut at Sun City and strengthen the American presence in the field,” said Alastair Roper, Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The 29-year-old Todd claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory in May this year when he won the Byron Nelson Championship, beating Mike Weir by two strokes. His 2014 season also featured finishes of tied 17th in the US Open and a further six top-10s.
Following his victory in the Byron Nelson Championship, Todd finished fifth, eighth, seventeenth, fifth and fourth in his next five tournaments, making him the hottest player on the PGA Tour at this time.
Currently ranked 52nd in the world, Todd heads to Sun City confident of his place at the highest level of the game.
“I feel like I’m deserving of my place on Tour and feel like I can win again. I’m excited about that challenge ahead.”
Born: 22 July 1985.
Turned pro: 2007.
Family: Wife – Rachel. Child – Oliver.
Special interests: Sports, movies.
Career highlights: A five-time winner in his career, including victories on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, NGA Hooters Tour and EGolf Professional Tour. Made two holes-in-one on the same hole in back-to-back rounds during the 2009 Athens Regional Foundation Classic on the Web.com Tour.
2014 highlights: Broke through on the PGA Tour with victory in the Byron Nelson Championship.
2014 Majors: The Masters – Did not play. The US Open – T17th. The Open – T39th. The PGA Championship – 72nd.
NGC record: Debut.
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE CONFIRMED PLAYERS:
Thomas Bjørn (Denmark)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)
Lee Westwood (England)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Jamie Donaldson (Wales)
Stephen Gallacher (Scotland)
Dawie van der Walt (South Africa)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand)
Luke Donald (England)
Miguel Angel Jiminez (Spain)
Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand)
Ross Fisher (England)
Kevin Na (United States)
Tim Clark (South Africa)
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Marcel Siem (Germany)
Joost Luiten (Netherlands)
Brooks Koepka (United States)
Shane Lowry (Ireland)
Marc Warren (Scotland)
George Coetzee (South Africa)
Tommy Fleetwood (England)
Danny Willett (England)
Alexander Lévy (France)
Danie van Tonder (South Africa)
Mikko Ilonen (Finland)
Pablo Larrazabal (Spain)
Jonas Blixt (Sweden)
Brendon Todd (United States)
BY THE NUMBERS:
Past Champions (3):
Thomas Bjørn – 2013
Martin Kaymer – 2012
Lee Westwood – 2010, 2011
Major Champions (3):
Martin Kaymer – 2010 PGA Championship, 2014 US Open
Charl Schwartzel – 2011 Masters
Louis Oosthuizen – 2010 Open Championship
2014 European Ryder Cup players (6):
Former World Number Ones (3):
Countries Represented (14):
Denmark, Germany, England, South Africa, France, Wales, Scotland, Thailand, Spain, United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Sweden.