Young Americans keen to join Furyk in NGC historyon December 5, 2013
The American contingent in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge brings five players looking to follow on from where Jim Furyk left off.
Furyk was the last American winner here in 2005 and 2006. Now DA Points, Gary Woodland, Kevin Streelman, Peter Uihlein and Ryan Moore are hoping to do the same.
And all are relishing the expanded format that has drawn players from the final FedEx Cup standings for the first time.
“We’ve heard nothing but great things about the tournament. The extended field allowed me to get in and it’s nice to have the opportunity to come over. I’m looking forward to a good week,” said Woodland.
“The course is in phenomenal shape and it will be a great test this week. You’ve got to drive it in play. It’s a long golf course, but you’ve got to drive it straight to position yourself for the greens. There’s a lot of slope on the greens.”
Streelman is equally excited about the challenge ahead.
“It feels great to be here. The course is spectacular. It’s right in front of you and you’ve got to hit the right shots, and Gary (Player) did a great job designing this golf course.”
Their sentiments were echoed by Points.
“South Africa is wonderful. We went and did a game drive and got to see a bunch of animals. The golf course is in great shape. It’s a very fair course and the greens are tiny, but very smooth and true. It will be a good test.”