Having beaten South Africans in both of his previous Nedbank Golf Challenge victories, it seems only apt that Sergio Garcia has the opportunity to become the first foreigner to win "Africa's Major" three times.
At only 33 years of age, Garcia is already making his ninth appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Despite his age, it feels as if Garcia has been around for decades, largely because of his early start in golf and the number of accolades he has already garnered.
He won his club championship at the age of 12, was then the youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event in the 1995 Turespana Open Mediterranea, became the youngest winner of the European Amateur, won a professional tournament on the European Challenge Tour while still an amateur, and posted the lowest amateur score in the 1999 Masters.
Few golfers are able to play in a Nedbank Golf Challenge in their rookie seasons as a professional, but Garcia did so when he turned professional in 1999. He finished ninth in a year in which he won as a rookie in the Irish Open and German Masters, and had a memorable battle with Tiger Woods for the PGA Championship before finishing second. It was his shot from behind a tree on the 16th hole onto the green that still defines him. That same year he became the youngest player to compete in the Ryder Cup.
A winner of 24 tournaments worldwide and a veteran of six Ryder Cups, Garcia brings a wealth of experience with him to Sun City.
And his intimate knowledge of the Gary Player Country Club course always makes him a threat in the field.
His victory in the 2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge was one of the most dramatic in the history of this event.
He closed with a final round of 63 to tie Ernie Els, and then on the first playoff hole he holed his chip on the par-three 16th to win. Then in 2003 he beat another South African to the title in Retief Goosen, and also in a playoff.
He also won the 2010 Gary Player Invitational with John Cook as his partner.
Garcia's love of the good life off the fairways has always made him a favourite with the Sun City fans. In his home in Borriol, Spain, he is the club president of the local football team, which plays in the Spanish Third Division. And he even made an appearance for the team in September 2010.
He shares a close friendship with tennis star Rafael Nadal, and enjoys a good game of poker when he gets the chance.
Garcia certainly continues the proud Spanish history in the Nedbank Golf Challenge that was started by Seve Ballesteros and his two victories in this event.