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Things Heat Up in Sun City

Justin Rose wants to end his most successful ever year with one hell of a party at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

“This is one of my favourite tournaments of the year,” he says. "My game is never far away...so I expect to put myself in the mix to some degree.”

Big words to chuck out in front of the likes of Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald as 30 of the world’s very best players do battle for the US$6.5 million on offer at Sun City.

Especially Stenson, who won round here in 2008 by nine shots using only a 3-wood off the tee and is in a tiny, little bit of form right now.

“This is a very special tournament and a place that I just love coming back to,” quoth the Swede. “I love the golf course," he beamed, leaving no doubt that he isn't scared of Justin's big talk.

We didn't get a quite from Ernie Els. He just pointed to the tournament rollcall. His name is on there three times, though the last victory was in 2002, and the field has been strengthened massively since then.

So, as we're in safari country, 'game on!'