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Thursday, 08 August 2019
Francesco Molinari  (Getty Images)
Francesco Molinari (Getty Images)

Major Champion Francesco Molinari and home favourite Li Haotong are the latest stars to commit to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions alongside reigning champion Xander Schauffele and the world’s top four ranked players; Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

Molinari, the current World Number Six, won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2010 and The Open in 2018, while Li, a two-time European Tour winner, will be looking to improve on his seventh place highest finish to date at’ Asia’s Major’ which takes place from October 31 to November 3, 2019 at Sheshan International Golf Club.

“With all of the Majors now over for the year, we are turning our attention to the final World Golf Championships of the year,” said Molinari, the current Race to Dubai champion. “The scheduling changes on the PGA Tour certainly have benefited the stature of the WGC-HSBC Champions and I think it is going to be a huge event for all the players as we aim to end our year on a high with a victory at ‘Asia’s Major.”

Li, who will be making his seventh appearance in the tournament, said: “The buzz around this tournament is already pretty crazy in China. With five of the world’s top six players already confirmed, it will be one of the must attend events of the year in Shanghai. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

As HSBC approach the 15th year of their title sponsorship of Asia’s biggest tournament, tickets have seen strong demand from fans while support sponsorship sales are also exceptionally strong as everyone wants to be a part of what is anticipated to be one of the best fields ever gathered as the players compete for an increased prize fund of US10.25 million.

Jonathan Castleman, HSBC’s Global Head of Brand Partnerships, said: “With another major winner confirmed in Francesco Molinari and homegrown star Li Haotong joining the all-star cast of the world’s best golfers, we already have the perfect ingredients for the tournament to live up to its billing as ‘Asia’s Major. Once again, we know the eyes of the golfing world will be firmly fixed on Shanghai come October.   

 WGC-HSBC Champions has gained an unrivalled reputation by assembling elite fields and delivering incredible experiences for all, there is simply nothing like it in Asian golf. This tournament has been a catalyst for so many exciting developments for golf in China at all levels and we look forward to that journey continuing.”

A new wave of tickets were launched today to meet demand, offered with an early bird discount for the month of August of up to 35% off.  Juniors aged 18 years and under can enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult with additional discounts also available for students and families.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit https://www.hsbcgolf.com/mens or follow the official WeChat Mini Program: HSBCChampions

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