Lee Westwood, who won at the 38th hole in a thrilling final last year, heads
a strong international field for the 2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship
to be played at Wentworth between October 11th - 14th.
Mark McCormack, who created the event 38 years ago, confirmed that in spite
of the Ryder Cup decision the 2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship would definitely
take place. McCormack did point out that "the postponement of the Ryder Cup
and the understandable uncertainty over whether some players are willing to travel
means we cannot confirm the names of all 12 players at this stage."
Westwood will be joined by Colin Montgomerie, winner of the Championship in
1999 and losing finalist last year; US Open Champion Retief Goosen from South
Africa, currently leading the Volvo Order of Merit; plus other top European Tour
players Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington. Also in the line-up
are World No 5 Vijay Singh, currently 3rd on the USPGA Tour money list, Mike Weir,
the Canadian left-hander who won the 2000 WGC American Express Championship and
top ranked Australian Robert Allenby, winner this year of the Nissan Open on the
US PGA Tour and two events last year, currently ranked 32 in the world.