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Lee Westwood defends Cisco World Matchplay title

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.

Official Cisco Matchplay Website

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