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Stars head to China for Goodwill Trophy

Chris DiMarco, runner-up at last weekend's British Open, and 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell were named on Tuesday among the first players for the inaugural Goodwill Trophy to be held in China in November.

The tournament has been developed as a collaborative event between China's Mission Hills Golf Club and the Celtic Manor Resort - host of the 2010 Ryder Cup - to enhance trade, tourism and cultural exchange between the U.K. and China through golf.

DiMarco, second behind Tiger Woods at Hoylake and runner-up to the world number one at last year's Masters, was picked by Colin Montgomerie, who will captain a team made up of players from Europe and the United States.

Along with DiMarco, Montgomerie also selected British world number 10 Luke Donald as his first two picks for the matchplay event at Mission Hills.

South African Retief Goosen, who will captain the Rest of the World team representing China, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America, picked Campbell and China's best-known player Lian-Wei Zhang.

"Chris DiMarco and Luke Donald are two of the toughest competitors on the PGA tour," Montgomerie said in a statement.

Goosen said of New Zealander Campbell: "I know exactly how good a match play performer he can be after he beat me 7 & 6 at Wentworth in the World Match Play last year."

July 25, 2006


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