Shanghai, China: Asian Golf Industry Federation Golf Facility Member Sheshan International Golf Club will welcome world number one Rory McIlroy for November’s 10th edition of the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.
Joining McIlroy in the hope of winning the final World Golf Championships event of the year are the world’s top five players on the Official World Ranking: Adam Scott (2), Henrik Stenson (3), Sergio Garcia (4) and Justin Rose (5).
Bubba Watson, winner of the 2014 Masters, Martin Kaymer, winner of the 2014 US Open and Players Championship, and Rickie Fowler, who finished in the top five of all four of the year’s Majors, will also be part of the stellar field.
McIlroy said: “I have had an amazing summer and I want to keep the momentum going into the final tournaments of the year. Having won my first World Golf Championship at Akron in August, I am hoping I can add a second at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. I’ve never finished outside the top six so I know the Sheshan course suits my game and I have a great chance if I keep playing well.”
The record-breaking Northern Irishman continued: “I look forward to returning to Shanghai every year and love everything HSBC do to make the event feel like ‘Asia’s Major’ as well as the unbelievable support we all get from the Chinese fans.”
HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan said: “Rory has had an incredible season and we are delighted he will be joining us, along with this star-studded line-up to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the WGC-HSBC Champions. We have seen such a change in the golfing landscape since our first event at Sheshan in 2005 and we feel extremely privileged to have been a part of the growth of golf in Asia.”
Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf, IMG, added: “From the outset, HSBC has created something very special at Sheshan and the tournament has consistently attracted the world’s best players. Confirming the participation of the world’s top five and all of the year’s Major winners is the perfect way to launch the 10th anniversary celebration.”
China Golf Association Executive Vice President and Secretary General Zhang Xiaoning said: “We are very happy to be sharing this special 10 year anniversary celebration with HSBC. We have made a lot of progress growing the game of golf in China over the last decade and this tournament is a great example of how far we have come.
“China is the only country outside the USA to currently be hosting one of the four prestigious World Golf Championship events and we would also like to thank HSBC for all their work in building the WGC-HSBC Champions into such a world-class tournament.”