Cape Town - Reigning champion Xander Schauffele will join the world's top four ranked players,
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in Shanghai later
this year to compete for the coveted WGC-HSBC Champions title.
the 15th edition of Asia's biggest tournament, which takes place
from October 31 to November 3 at Sheshan International Golf Club.
It is set to be the 'must attend' event of the season with
tournament organisers anticipating one of the strongest fields in its history
as the world’s best players compete for an increased prize fund of $10.25
Schauffele has gone from strength to strength since last year's
victory, winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions, tying second at the 2019
Masters and third at last month's US Open.
an American whose Chinese-speaking mother accompanied him to Shanghai last
year, has since risen to as high as ninth on the Official World Golf Rankings.
"Winning my first World Golf Championships at the HSBC Champions last
year in front of my family was amazing," he said.
"Coming through such a world class field
definitely gave me the confidence to know that I can deliver in the big
pressure moments so I am really looking forward to attempting my first
successful title defence in Shanghai in a few months. It was an unbelievable
field last year but I think this year sounds like it is going to be even
stronger with the announcement that all of the world’s top four will be there."
World No 1 Koepka won his fourth Major earlier this season at the US PGA
Championship, and, with second place finishes at both the 2019 Masters and the
2019 US Open, his current position at the top of the game is undisputed.
"I am delighted to confirm I will be returning to Shanghai
to play in the biggest event in Asia. I finished tied second at Sheshan in 2017
so I know the course suits me well," he said.
"I love the vibe and energy that
the Chinese crowds bring to the course each year. I think the scheduling
changes with the Majors has made the WGC-HSBC Champions an even more important
event for us this year. With no Majors scheduled after July, everyone will be
targeting winning the final World Golf Championships of the year."
World No 3 McIlroy has already won twice this year on the PGA Tour, and having
finished in the top five on three previous occasions, will be looking to
finally add this prestigious trophy to his trophy cabinet while world No 4 and
the 2017 WGC-HSBC champion Rose added a 10th PGA Tour victory
to his CV earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open.