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Vijay Singh set to star at Wentworth

US Masters winner Vijay Singh is set to be one of the star attractions at the Cisco Systems World Matchplay Championship next month.

Lining up alongside the big Fijian over the West Course at Wentworth from October 5-8 will be defending champion Colin Montgomerie. Singh - the last player to win a major before Tiger Woods began his streak of three successive triumphs when he won at Augusta National in April - will seek to add a second Matchplay title to his victory in 1997.

Singh and Montgomerie are just two of the names being lined up for the 12-man tournament. Organisers IMG are confident of attracting high-profile Americans as well as the leading lights of the European Tour to the Surrey course for the event.

Vijay Singh will be a big draw for the Cisco World Match Play Championships. Allsport.

Negotiations with world No 2 Ernie Els, three times World Matchplay winner, are reportedly at an advanced stage. The 30-year-old South African would be an ideal crowd-puller in the absence of world No 1 Tiger Woods, who is not expected to participate in this year's event.

Tony Greer of IMG said: "No contracts are signed as yet. We are early on in negotiations with the Americans and it will be three weeks yet before an announcement."

Definitely not appearing at Wentworth are Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, who had the opportunity to add the Wentworth title to his Andersen Consulting Matchplay victory over Tiger Woods in February this year. Ulsterman Clarke is ruled out because his wife Heather is expecting to give birth to the couple's second child at the same time as the tournament.

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