Gary Player invites Tiger Woods to play in South Africa

"We've got to get Tiger Woods back here somehow," Player said.

by Sead Dedovic
Gary Player invites Tiger Woods to play in South Africa
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Gary Player is calling on Tiger Woods to make a comeback to South Africa and participate in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, emphasizing that Woods's presence would elevate the tournament significantly. While Woods competed in the event in 1998, he hasn't returned since, despite the tournament's transformation.

Currently recovering from ankle surgery, Woods is eyeing a return to competition, and Player extends an invitation not only to Woods but also to his son, Charlie. Player is aware of what Woods means in the world of golf and how important his presence is.

Furthermore, the participation of his son Charlie, a promising talent, would add significant value to this tournament.
"We've got to get Tiger Woods back here somehow," Player said on Sky Sports. "[His presence] would enhance this tournament to another level.

We got to honour his son who's a tremendous young golfer named after Charlie Sifford."

Justin Thomas and Max Homa

Justin Thomas and Max Homa will be part of this tournament. Player is happy about that. He believes that this is an important message to other US golfers to join them and show their qualities.

"It's good to see them here. We need more American players to come, but I think these fellas that are here are enjoying it. They've been telling us they'll go back and tell their friends." Player was especially impressed with Max Homa who decided to say hello to all of their tables.

He has tremendous respect for golfers who have manners. "That man is the most warm guy I've met in years. Last night he came and said hello to all our tables at the restaurant. Arnold Palmer set the stage when he used to do that, so I've tried when I go to the restaurant last night I go to every table in the restaurant.

He [Homa] did the same thing which is great to see." Source: Golfmonthly

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