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Langer joins World Match Play field

Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer has accepted an invitation to play in next month's World Match Play championship at Wentworth for the biggest prize in golf.

"Bernhard Langer will play the World Match Play in London," a statement on his personal website said on Thursday. "He has qualified for the field of 16 through his performances in this year's majors."

The first prize is one million pounds ($1.80 million).

Langer has not played since he captained Europe to their 18 1/2-9 1/2 drubbing of the U.S. in Michigan earlier this month.

The tournament takes place between October 14 and 17.

Players already confirmed include holder Ernie Els, world number one and U.S. PGA champion Vijay Singh, along with British Open champion Todd Hamilton and U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen.

European Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Levet are also in the lineup with Scott Drummond, K.J. Choi, Jeff Maggert, Mike Weir and Angel Cabrera.

A number of players have turned down invitations including Tiger Woods, U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Sergio Garcia.

The remaining three spots for the field will be decided on Monday.

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