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Singh & Langer line up in Match Play

World number one Vijay Singh faces a first-round encounter with victorious European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer in the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday.

The players are part of a 16-man field chasing the biggest first prize in golf, one million pounds ($1.80 million).

Langer has not played competitively since guiding Europe to a record 18-1/2 to 9-1/2 win over the United States at Oakland Hills, Michigan, last month. The 1997 winner Singh in the form of his life after winning eight times on the 2004 PGA Tour.

Holder and top seed Ernie Els will take on Britain's Scott Drummond in the first round. Drummond's last appearance on the West Course ended with easily the biggest win of his career with victory in the Volvo PGA Championship in May.

The field also includes two other major winners from the year apart from U.S. PGA champion Singh. British Open holder Todd Hamilton (U.S.) will take on Lee Westwood (Britain) and U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen plays Jeff Maggert of the U.S.

The first-round draw, made on Monday, also pitches Ireland's Padraig Harrington against his U.S. Ryder Cup rival Chris Riley.

0720-1145 - 1-Ernie Els (South Africa) v 16-Scott Drummond

(Britain) 0732-1157 - 8-K.J.Choi (South Korea) v 9-Angel Cabrera

(Argentina) 0744-1209 - 5-Padraig Harrington (Ireland) v 12-Chris Riley

(U.S.) 0756-1221 - 4-Mike Weir (Canada) v 13-Thomas Levet (France) 0808-1233 - 3-Retief Goosen (South Africa) v 14-Jeff Maggert

(U.S.) 0820-1245 - 6-Todd Hamilton (U.S.) v 11-Lee Westwood (Britain) 0832-1257 - 7-Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) v 10-Steve Flesch

(U.S.) 0844-1309 - 2-Vijay Singh (Fiji) v 15-Bernhard Langer (Germany)

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