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Ian Woosnam looking forward to China

Former U.S. Masters champion Ian Woosnam has plenty of incentive to perform well at this week's $1 million TCL Classic in China after missing the cut in his last two tournaments.

The 49-year-old Briton, back focussing on playing after captaining Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup side in Ireland in September, missed the cut at last week's Singapore Masters and at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand seven days earlier.

"The Ryder Cup is in the past and this year is all about tournament play," Woosnam said in a news release.

The Welshman, who won the Masters in 1991, will be joined by Cup stalwarts Lee Westwood and Paul McGinley at the picturesque Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya on the island of Hainan.

"I'm really looking forward to it because I enjoyed the tournament two years ago," said Woosnam, who has handed over the captaincy to Nick Faldo for next year's match against the United States at the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.

"I remember Hainan as a truly beautiful island and a very relaxing place to play golf. I'm certainly going to relish playing alongside Paul and Lee and some other great players from the European and Asian tours."

Irishman McGinley, 40, who last appeared on the European Tour when he tied for 25th place in the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February, was beaten by Paul Casey in a playoff for the TCL Classic title two years ago.

Briton Westwood has 16 European Tour wins to his name and has enjoyed plenty of success in Asia with victories in Macau, Malaysia and Japan.

But, like Woosnam, the 33-year-old Englishman also missed the cut in Singapore last week.

The Asian challenge in Hainan is spearheaded by home favourite Liang Wenchong, who lifted the trophy in Singapore on Sunday.

March 13, 2007


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