By Matt Smith
The Nedbank Golf Challenge returns this week after a two-year enforced COVID break, and the final preparations are on ahead of the season-ending DP Would Tour Championship in Dubai.

This week’s action comes back to Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, South Africa, as Ryan Fox looks to reel in Rory McIlroy at the top of the season-long DP World Tour Rankings race — the Northern Irishman leads the Kiwi by almost 900 points, but a win for Fox would take him ahead of McIlroy ahead of the date in Dubai.

Here is a look at the pairings for Thursday’s first round, starting at 9am local time (noon UAE).

Sam Horsfield, Richard Mansell, Min Woo Lee
Eddie Pepperell, Gavin Kyle Green, Maximilian Kieffer
Oliver Wilson, Ashun Wu, Rafa Cabrera Bello
Haotong Li, Jorge Campillo, Joakim Lagergren
Antoine Rozner, Oliver Bekker, Matthieu Pavon
Marcel Schneider, Fabrizio Zanotti, Romain Langasque
Adri Arnaus, Connor Syme, Richie Ramsay
Shubhankar Sharma, Tapio Pulkkanen, David Law
JC Ritchie, Richard Bland, Guido Migliozzi
Paul Waring, Zander Lombard, Sebastian Soderberg
Victor Perez, Hurly Long, Thorbjørn Olesen
Edoardo Molinari, Marcus Armitage, Thomas Detry
Callum Shinkwin, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Yannik Paul
Scott Jamieson, Kalle Samooja, Lucas Herbert
Robert MacIntyre, Rasmus Højgaard, Pablo Larrazabal
Matthew Southgate, Sean Crocker, George Coetzee
Thriston Lawrence, Adrian Otaegui, Branden Grace
Ross Fisher, Nicolai Højgaard, Justin Walters
Jordan Smith, Ewen Ferguson, Luke Donald
Dale Whitnell, Matthew Jordan, Shaun Norris
Ryan Fox, Adrian Meronk, Tommy Fleetwood
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, Richard Sterne, Wil Besseling

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