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Field set for HSBC World Match Play Championship

The 16-man line-up for the 42nd HSBC World Match Play Championship is complete, with a field boasting 228 tournament wins, 8 Major titles and 11 European Tour Order of Merits wins.

The seven highest placed golfers on the European Tour Order of Merit are all in the field with their results at the Championship likely to have a significant bearing on the final ranking at the end of the year. The seven former European Ryder Cup players in the event will also relish the opportunity to give their qualifying campaign for the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches an early boost with the event counting towards the 2006 European Ryder Cup Team Rankings.

David Howell and Paul McGinley were the final players to qualify as the two leading European Tour members, not otherwise exempt, from the 2005 European Tour Order Of Merit and are both delighted to be making their first appearance in the HSBC World Match Play Championship.

The players who will line up to play for £1 million, the richest first prize in golf, on the West Course at Wentworth from September 15-18 are:

THOMAS BJORN

Angel Cabrera

MICHAEL CAMPBELL

TIM CLARK

LUKE DONALD

STEVE ELKINGTON

KENNETH FERRIE

RETIEF GOOSEN

MARK HENSBY

DAVID HOWELL

Trevor Immelman

BERNHARD LANGER

PAUL MCGINLEY

COLIN MONTGOMERIE

Geoff Ogilvy

JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL

The players qualified through the following criteria:

(a).Defending Champion:

Ernie Els (Injured)

(b).World No.1 at 31 March 2005:

Vijay Singh (Unavailable)

(c).FINAL HSBC Major Championships Ranking after the 2005 US PGA Championship

(not otherwise exempt under "(a") or "(b)")

Ranking Player

1 Tiger Woods (Unavailable)

2 Michael Campbell

3 Phil Mickelson (Unavailable)

4 Retief Goosen

5 Vijay Singh

6 Colin Montgomerie

7 Chris DiMarco (Unavailable)

8 Mark Hensby

9 Thomas Bjorn

10 Sergio Garcia (Unavailable)

11 Steve Elkington

12 Fred Couples (Unavailable)

13 Tim Clark

14 Davis Love-III (Unavailable)

15 Luke Donald

16 Geoff Ogilvy

17 Jose M Olazabal

18 Trevor Immelman

19 Bernhard Langer

20 Kenny Perry

(d).HSBC European Ranking: (not otherwise exempt under "(a)","(b)" or "(c)"

1. Angel Cabrera

2. Kenneth Ferrie

(e).European Tour Order of Merit (to be finalised at 29 August 2005):

(not otherwise exempt under "(a)","(b)","(c)" or "(d)")

1. Paul McGinley

2. David Howell

T he tournament is officially sanctioned by the European Tour with the results counting towards the European Tour Order of Merit and Official World Golf Ranking Points. Total prize money will be £2,440,000 with all matches being decided over 36 holes.

Prize money breakdown:

Winner £1,000,000
Runner-up £400,000
Losing Semi-Finalist (x 2) £120,000

Losing Quarter-Finalist (x 4) £80,000
First Round Loser (x 8) £60,000

 

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