The “Big Easy” has unfortunately had to withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge this year due to injury. Ernie Els was amongst 4 other sponsor’s invites to play in 2015.

Charl Shwartzel will make his seventh appearance at the tournament as he takes Els’s spot. He will be among Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Aiken, Branden Grace and Jaco van Zyl who all make up the South African contingency.

“We are very sorry to hear of Ernie’s injury and he will naturally be missed at the Nedbank Golf Challenge because he has been such an integral part of this event for so many years,” said Alastair Roper, Tournament Director of Sun International.

The Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place between the 3rd and 6th December 2015 at the Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa.