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Match Play Championship field takes shape

Vijay Singh, who recently achieved World Number One, joins Ernie Els to head up the HSBC World Match Play Championship field. With half of the 16-man 2004 HSBC World Match Play Championship field confirmed, only THE HERITAGE remains to decide who qualifies from the 2004 HSBC European Tournament Ranking and Volvo Order of Merit.

Scott Drummond and Angel Cabrera lie in first and second place on the 2004 HSBC European Tournament Rankings respectively. While Scott cannot be dislodged from the top position, Angel will be hoping that his decision not to play at The Heritage will not allow Richard Green or Anders Hansen to sneak above him and rob him of one of the TWO qualifying spots.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Levet are well placed to secure the TWO spots awarded to the highest ranked players on the Volvo Order of Merit, not otherwise qualified. However, a top-8 performance by Ryder Cup star, Padraig Harrington, in The Heritage could dislodge Levet from second place.

Scott Drummond, the surprise winner at the Volvo PGA Championship, is clearly delighted at the prospect of joining the star-studded field saying; “I am really looking forward to the HSBC World Match Play Championship. It was fantastic to win the Volvo PGA and is a real bonus to make it into the field of the prestigious World Match Play. With ranking points up for grabs this year as a fully sanctioned European Tour event, it could give my Volvo Order of Merit ranking a huge boost.”

Sixteen of the best golfers in the world will compete for the £1 million first prize, the largest in world golf. Created by Mark McCormack in 1964, the HSBC World Match Play Championship field has been increased to 16 players who will compete over the West Course at Wentworth, October 14-17.

Players already confirmed include defending champion Ernie Els, newly crowned World Number 1 Vijay Singh, along with K.J. Choi, Todd Hamilton, Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood, Jeff Maggert and Mike Weir.

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