World No.2 Dustin Johnson, 2018 US Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed, along with 2018 Open champion Francesco Molinari and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy will join newly crowned World No.1 and defending champion Justin Rose in the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place October 25-28 at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.
They join local hero Li Haotong in what will be a star-studded field and the strongest gathered in Asia this year as the world’s best compete for an increased prize fund of US $10 million. Johnson and Molinari are both former winners of the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2013 and 2010 respectively, while Johnson and Koepka notably finished tied second behind Rose at last year’s tournament.
Johnson commented: “I really enjoy playing in front of the Chinese crowds, as you can sense their enthusiasm for the tournament. Having won there a few years ago, it always feels special to return. I was very close to winning there again last year, so it would be great to head into the Christmas break after winning another World Golf Championships title against such an awesome field.”
Fresh from his PGA Championship win last month, man-of-the-moment Koepka added: “This will be my third time playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions and I am definitely hoping I can improve on last year’s second place finish. It has been an amazing couple of months but hopefully I am not done yet and can keep this momentum going to win my first World Golf Championships title in Shanghai.”
Reed, who won his first major title at Masters Tournament in April and currently lying second on the European Tour Race To Dubai Rankings said: “I always feel so lucky that we are able to travel the world and compete at some of the most amazing courses and cities in the world. I look forward to competing against the best players in the world in Shanghai. The Sheshan International Golf Club always offers a good test and I hope to play solid and have a chance to win a second World Golf Championship of my career.”
Italy’s first Major winner, Molinari, concluded: “Playing in Shanghai is very important to me. It was such a huge moment in my career when I won there in 2010. It gave me the confidence to know that I can deliver on the big occasions against the world’s best fields when I get myself in contention. It is amazing to be returning to Sheshan, not only as a past champion which always feels good, but also as the reigning Open Champion.”
Organisers have planned significant enhancements to every aspect of the spectator experience for this year’s event including adding virtual reality technology to the new Lakeside area, where a spectator viewing platform offers premium sightlines of the 2nd and 9th greens. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with the world’s best players through complimentary entry at the Pro Am played on October 24.
As part of an on-going initiative to grow the game of golf in China, juniors aged 18 years and under enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Additional discounts are also available for students and families.
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