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Mike Weir commits to World Match Play

U.S. Masters champion Mike Weir will play in the revamped World Match Play Championship next month for the biggest winner's cheque on the European and U.S. tours, organisers said on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Canadian, the first left-hander in 40 years to win one of golf's four majors, will challenge for a one million pound ($1.60 million) first prize at Wentworth, England (October 16-19).

Weir is the only player to record a top-three finish in two majors this year, having followed up his Augusta triumph with joint third at the U.S. Open in June.

The rest of the 12-strong Wentworth field, to be based for the first time on performance in the majors during the calendar year rather than sponsors' invitation, will be announced shortly, organisers said in a statement.

World number one Tiger Woods will not play in this year's event, though. Woods, who lost the 1998 final to compatriot Mark O'Meara, is committed to a charity event organised by his own golf foundation which clashes with the tournament.

The biggest first prize in golf is on offer at the Sun City Challenge in South Africa. Ernie Els, who also won last year's World Match Play Championship, pocketed $2 million for winning the tournament in December.

 

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