Eligibility Criteria for 2017
The field for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge will feature a maximum of 72 players, and with a new eligibility criteria allowing for 4 tournament invites.
Players who meet the following eligibility criteria will be granted a place in one of the most sought-after tournaments in world golf:
Category 1: The leading available 64* players from the Race to Dubai Rankings as of the conclusion of the Turkish Airlines Open (5th November 2017). (Blank entries will be made for those Players ONLY who obtain a qualifying ranking position after close of entries).
Category 2: The defending Champion.
Category 3: The winner of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit 2016.
Category 4: 6 tournament invitations of which 4 must be from within the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday 25th September 2017.
For any* Player to have Race to Dubai Points at the above tournament count on the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings, such Player must be ranked equal to or higher than the 100th placed European Tour Ranked Member or European Challenge Tour Ranked Member in the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings published at the conclusion of the Race to Dubai Tournament scheduled to conclude on the 22nd October 2017.
Irrespective of their Race to Dubai Ranking, any such player however entered through (b) (c) or (d) above, (Tournament/National invitations), will NOT be eligible to have Race to Dubai Points earned at the above tournament count on the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings. (Exception: If the final Race to Dubai cut off for the tournament is below such player’s ranking then his Race to Dubai points earned at this tournament will count towards the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings).
*NOTE: Should any of the places in the field allocated to (b) - (d) above not be taken up, the available spots will be added to (a) above.
NB: This tournament is excluded from the top 5/10 Regulation.
FORMAT: 72 holes stroke play – no cut