Nedbank Golf Challenge, it’s final tournament

The fifth and final tournament of the European eTour season, begins on Thursday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Eight of the best players in the WGT game will go head-to-head for a chance to win a first place prize of $5,000 and all-important ranking points for the Global Finals. 2020, eTour champion, golfx3, will be looking to go one better this time round after finishing runner up at the BMW PGA Championship. It will be a tough first round clash however, as he faces fmagnets, real name Christopher Aitken, who is lying third in the Global Rankings for the 2021 season and is often regarded as the greatest player in the WGT game. golfx3, real name Payton Gordley, currently finds himself sitting second in the Global Rankings, and will be looking to sit on top of those come the end of the week. Not one to get ahead of himself, he is aware of the threat that fmagnets poses in this first round clash.

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“I often say he is the favourite for these events and he eventually will win one of them -that’s for sure” fmagnets though, is not putting too much pressure on himself this time round. “I am in the Global Finals and that’s great. No pressure – I can just enjoy this event. I have done a bit more work with my Swedish mental coach to try to help me get over the line on the eTour.” The winner of golfx3 vs fmagnets will face the winner of Young46 vs Stuman66. Young46, real name Jason Young, will be hoping to reach another semi-final, having only lost one quarter final match in his eTour career which came at the BMW PGA Championship in September.

Young is delighted to have reached the Nedbank finals, having successfully emerged from a tough qualifying bracket and is determined to defend the title he won in 2020. “It is always a fun but stressful qualification weekend, and it feels amazing when you qualify. I now expect to win. I always do….I won the Nedbank event last year and I am going to do it again this time.” Stuman66 is the first player standing between Young’s and the title this time round. The architect from Long Island, New York will be hoping to add his name to the winners’ circle this week. Stuart Johnson, Stuman66’s real name, understands the need for a perfect performance to emerge victorious against Young.

“On the day, I have to play flawlessly, I know that. I have to hit the ding every time and then hope for the best”. In the other side of the draw, Jsmithers will be facing IAG12. The number one seed, real name Joshua Smith, claimed the first two events of the eTour season and will be hoping for similar success at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Jsmithers sits on top of the points list and has already cemented his place at the Global Finals in November. In his pre-tournament interview, Smith said: “I have to see myself as the favourite. My ability to play quickly without missing a shot – that is my strength and that plays to my advantage.”