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Golf: McIlroy, Spieth, Watson heading for HSBC Champions showdown

Rory McIlroy will be looking to win the HSBC Champions for the first time. Photo: HSBC Getty Images.

Rory McIlroy will be looking to win the HSBC Champions for the first time. Photo: HSBC Getty Images.

September 9, 2015: World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and defending champion and World No. 4 Bubba Watson have confirmed their participation at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai from November 5-8.

 

Spieth, winner of the first two Majors of the year, The Masters and the US Open, will head to Sheshan International Golf Club looking to lift his first World Golf Championships trophy.

 

“It’s been a great year and I can’t wait to compete again at the World Golf Championships in China,” Spieth said. “Playing internationally is extremely important to me and I’m looking forward to returning to this great event.”

 

McIlroy, whose season was stalled by an ankle injury, will be looking to reclaim the No. 1 spot he held until last month for a total of 93 weeks.

 

“I can’t wait to get back to Sheshan for the final WGC of the season. To win the biggest tournament in Asia would be a huge end-of-season boost and give me great momentum going into next year,” said McIlroy, a four-time Major winner at the age of 26.

 

“I always look forward to the superb quality and condition of the course and the really warm welcome I receive in China. The energy, excitement and enthusiasm from the crowd is like nowhere else and, as always, the field is going to be very, very tough.”

 

Watson is hoping to repeat his spectacular victory of last year. He holed a bunker shot for an eagle to make the playoff and a 25-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to defeat South Africa’s Tim Clark, winning his first WGC title to add to two Masters wins. The American has enjoyed a strong season, winning the Travellers Championship and is third in the Fedex rankings after finishing second at the WGC-Bridgestone.

 

“I am really looking forward to defending my WGC-HSBC Champions title in November. I am so proud to have won such a prestigious event and would love to be able to win it again,” Watson said.

 

“It is a special tournament at the forefront of golf in Asia and it has the potential to inspire a generation of golfers here. It’s an exciting time for golf in the region and I think HSBC has done a fantastic job in opening up the world of golf and helping to establish China on the world map of golf.”

Source: HSBC Golf (www.hsbcgolf.com); Editing by SportAsia

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