Eight Ryder Cuppers to play at HSBC Champions
Cup stars Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Chris Di Marco have
confirmed they will be going up against each other once again at
the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai from November 9-12.
They will be joined by some of the most stand-out stars of the 2006
Ryder Cup including European team members Colin Montgomerie, defending
champion David Howell and winner of the 2006 HSBC World Match Play
Championship, Paul Casey.
Di Marco will be joined by fellow Americans, world number one Tiger
Woods and world number three Jim Furyk, in what looks certain to
be the strongest field ever seen in China.
Irish star and the 19th ranked Harrington said: I am really
looking forward to playing in the HSBC Champions although
I won in Hong Kong in 2004, I have never won on mainland China and
it would be a great start to my 2007 campaign if I could do well
at the HSBC Champions.
World number eight Donald said: I was disappointed I couldnt
work the inaugural HSBC Champions into my schedule and from what
Ive heard, I missed a great event so I am excited to be there
in November. I really enjoy playing a global schedule and I enjoyed
playing in China in 2005 at the BMW Asian Open and with so many
of my Ryder Cup friends playing there too, it will be a fun week.
Americas Di Marco, the world number 16, is also looking forward
to visiting Shanghai. I have had my best results this year
when I have been traveling - in the UK where I finished second at
the Open Championship and the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which
I won. I really do enjoy traveling and learning about new places
and experiencing different cultures so including the HSBC Champions
in my schedule was an easy choice.
The HSBC Champions offers a prize fund of US$5 million, the largest
across Asia, with winners from four leading golf tours and the top
50 on the Official World Rankings qualifying. The event is co-sanctioned
by The European Tour, Asian Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the
Sunshine (Southern Africa) Tour, and the China Golf Association.
September 27, 2006