BEIJING: Michael Campbell, winner of the 2005 HSBC World Golf Match Play Championship and the 2005 US Open, has confirmed he will go for a unique double at the inaugural “HSBC Champions” tournament in China.
Campbell will look to follow up his US$1,840,000 first prize at Wentworth by collecting a further US$833,300 in Shanghai for an unprecedented US$2,673,300 total.
Masters and Open Champion, Tiger Woods, stands in his path as he tees up for his first Official World Ranking tournament in China.
The event offers the biggest prize fund ever on the Asian continent of US$5mil and takes place in Shanghai, at the Sheshan International Golf Club, from Nov 10-13.
The HSBC Champions boasts a first prize of US$833,300 and will be co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Sunshine Tour and the China Golf Association.
Campbell, whose win at the HSBC World Match Play Championship in September lifted him to No. 1 on the European Tour Order of Merit, is already looking forward to the HSBC Champions.
“I've had a fantastic year, winning my first Major and then the HSBC World Match Play Championship and, of course, taking home the biggest cheque of my career of £1mil,” he said.
“I love the history of the Match Play and am thrilled that my name will be listed amongst winners that include golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
“At the same time, I think it would be very special to be the first ever winner of the HSBC Champions, an event that will undoubtedly become a very important part of our golfing calendar.”
This new tournament will bring together title winners across the four sanctioning Tours, along with many of the world's leading players through the qualification criteria, including the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking as at Sept 12. – AFP