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Phil to tee off in Singapore

2011-10-18 10:59

Singapore - Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell are among the top golfers set to compete for one of the world's biggest golfing prizes next month - the $6 million Barclays Singapore Open.

The American and Northern Irish stars will be joined by fellow Major winners Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Y.E. Yang of South Korea.

US golfer Anthony Kim and Colombian Camilo Villegas are expected to make their first appearances at the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event, held at Sentosa Golf Club between November 10 and 13.

A field of more than 200 players will compete on both The Serapong and The Tanjong courses for two rounds before those who make the cut battle it out on the former over the weekend.

This year marks the 48th staging of Singapore's national Open.

Mickelson, a four-time major winner and currently ranked number 10 in the world, has never finished higher than ninth in the competition while McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, finished tied third last year.

Harrington has won three majors while Yang, who competed in Singapore last year for the first time, shot to fame in 2009 when he became the first Asian to win a Major by taking the USPGA Championship.

In 2010 Adam Scott completed a hat-trick of victories in Singapore's national Open when he triumphed by three strokes.

The popular Australian also tasted victory in 2005 and 2006.

The winner of this year's event will take home more than $1m.

AFP