HSBC field goes from strength to strength
Stenson, Thomas Bjorn and Camilo Villegas are the latest players
to commit to playing in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, 9th to 12th
November, 2006. They will compete against tournament winners from
four of the Worlds leading Tours for the Champion of
This years field will be the strongest ever seen in China
with 10 of the Worlds Top 20 players already confirmed including
World Number 1, Tiger Woods, World Number 2, Jim Furyk, two-time
US Open winner, Retief Goosen, 2006 HSBC World Match Play Champion,
Paul Casey, defending Champion, David Howell and European Ryder
Cup stars, Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington.
The international field represents players from more than 20 countries
battling it out for the largest prize fund on offer in Asia of US$5
Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, HSBC
Holdings plc., said: " One of the most exciting elements of
the HSBC Champions is the qualifying criteria which makes for a
truly international field. Winners from four leading tours have
a chance to make their mark against the worlds best.
That so many players have chosen to include the HSBC Champions
in their schedule reflects the growing profile of our event. It
also demonstrates HSBCs ambition, as a sponsor of golf worldwide,
to help grow the game in Asia."
The HSBC Champions will be played at the Sheshan International Golf
Club 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.
October 17, 2006