American star Will Zalatoris will tee it up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge from 10-13 November as the tournament celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The world No 14, who is currently second in the DP World Tour rankings, will seek to become the first winner of the Sun City event from the United States in more than 15 years.
The $6-million event is the penultimate tournament on the 2022 DP World Tour schedule and will also carry an increased number of DP World Tour ranking points as the 64-man field vies for a place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Zalatoris announced himself to the professional golfing world in 2020 after finishing in a share of sixth place at the US Open. The following year, the 25-year-old finished one stroke behind Hideki Matsuyama at The Masters and was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 season.
His runner-up finish at the 2021 Masters was the first of three second-place results in just 10 Major starts to date and this year he was runner-up at both the US Open and US PGA Championship, losing to Justin Thomas in a playoff at Southern Hills.
Zalatoris will bid to become the fifth winner of the tournament from the United States, and the first since Jim Furyk defended his title in 2006, when he competes in the historic anniversary edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which has been postponed for two years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m really excited to travel to South Africa to play in the 40th-anniversary edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge,” said Zalatoris. “I’ve had great experiences of playing DP World Tour events in Dubai and Scotland and I’m sure that South Africa will be no different.
“I’ve heard a lot about the Nedbank Golf Challenge and I’m looking forward to experiencing a new country and a new culture later this year. It’s sure to be a special occasion for everyone involved after waiting so long to celebrate a landmark milestone.”