Wilco to cap off a great season in Dubai

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Wilco Nienaber during the past week's SA Open at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City. PHOTO: CARL FOURIE/SUNSHINE TOUR

The Bloemfontein teenager, Wilco Nienaber, finds himself in Dubai this week for the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship at the iconic Jumeirah Golf Estates in the United Arab Emirates.

For the entire European season, the players compete in what is known as the Race to Dubai for one of sixty spots up for grabs to compete in the tournament.

The 20-year-old from the City of Roses may not have won a tournament in what was his debut season on the tour, however, he has more than impressed with serval top ten finishes, of which his runners-up spot at the Joburg Open was his best performance.

The teenager also impressed in the statistics by finishing the season as the longest driver with a staggering average of 334.3 yards. The tour average stands at a mere 302.9 yards.
The other South Africans competing at the DP World Tour Championship as of Thursday are Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Louis Oosthuizen, Erik van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, George Coetzee, Branden Grace and Dean Burmester.

Nienaber and Burmester both matriculated from Grey College in Bloemfontein. – MORGAN PIEK