HSBC Champions -- 2009 eligibility requirements

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September 21, 2009
PGATOUR.COM staff

Here is how the field will be filled out for this year's HSBC Champions tournament, which is now the fourth event of the World Golf Championships (players listed have already become eligible in that category):

1. Winners of the 2009 Masters, PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship. • Masters -- Cabrera, Angel • THE PLAYERS Championship -- Stenson, Henrik • U.S. Open -- Glover, Lucas • British Open -- Cink, Stewart • PGA Championship

2. Winners of the 2009 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, World Golf Championships-CA Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Note: For 2010 eligibility, this category shall include the winner of the previous year's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions • Accenture Match Play Championship -- Ogilvy, Geoff • CA Championship -- Mickelson, Phil • Bridgestone Invitational -- Tiger Woods

2009 PGA TOUR events Winner
Mercedes-Benz Championship (Ogilvy, Geoff)
Sony Open in Hawaii Johnson, Zach
FBR Open Perry, Kenny
Buick Invitational Watney, Nick
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Johnson, Dustin
Northern Trust Open (Mickelson, Phil)
Honda Classic Yang, Y.E.
Transitions Championship Goosen, Retief
Arnold Palmer Inv't pres. by MasterCard Woods, Tiger
Shell Houston Open Casey, Paul
Verizon Heritage Gay, Brian
Zurich Classic of New Orleans Kelly, Jerry
Quail Hollow Championship Sean O'Hair
HP Byron Nelson Championship Rory Sabbatini
Crowne Plaza Colonial Steve Stricker
Memorial Tournament (Tiger Woods)
St. Jude Classic (Brian Gay)
Travelers Championship (Kenny Perry)
AT&T National (Tiger Woods)
The Barclays Heath Slocum
Deutsche Bank Championship (Stricker, Steve)
BMW Championship (Woods, Tiger)
THE TOUR Championship  

3. Winners from 23 PGA TOUR co-sponsored events in 2009, which shall be identified as those 23 PGA TOUR events from 2008 with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more.

4. Top-five available players not otherwise exempt from the final 2009 PGA TOUR FedExCup Points List.

2009 European Tour events Winner
Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (Casey, Paul)
Commercialbank Qatar Masters Quiros, Alvaro
Dubai Desert Classic McIlroy, Rory
Open de Andalucia Kjeldsen, Soren
Volvo China Open Strange, Scott
Open de Espana Levet, Thomas
BMW Italian Open Vancsik, Daniel
The 3 Irish Open Lowry, Shane
BMW PGA Championship (Casey, Paul)
European Open Cevaer, Christian
Celtic Manor Wales Open Huldahl, Jeppe
BMW International Open Dougherty, Nick
Open de France ALSTOM Kaymer, Martin
Barclays Scottish Open Kaymer, Martin
SAS Masters Ricardo Gonzalez
KLM Open Simon Dyson
Johnnie Walker Chship at Gleneagles Peter Hedblom
Omega European Masters  
Mercedes-Benz Championship  
British Masters  
Alfred Dunhill Links Champ  
Portugal Masters  
Castello Masters Costa Azahar  
Volvo World Match Play Championship  

5. Winners from 23 European Tour-sanctioned events from the 2008 HSBC Champions through the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those 23 European Tour events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more.

6. Top-five available players not otherwise exempt from the European Tour's Race to Dubai Order of Merit as of Oct. 26, 2009.

2008/2009 Asian Tour events Winner
2008 HSBC Champions Garcia, Sergio
2008 UBS Hong Kong Open Lin, Wen-tang
2009 Maybank Malaysian Open Kang, Anthony
2009 Ballantine's Championship Jaidee, Thongchai
2009 Barclays Singapore Open

7. Winners from nine Asian Tour-sanctioned events from the 2008 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those nine Asian Tour events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more. If fewer than nine players are eligible via this category (i.e. there is one or more multiple winners in these nine events or a winner is qualified in a higher category or there are insufficient tournaments with the approved rating) additional players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit as of Oct. 26, 2009, in order of their positions, shall fill this category to nine eligible players.

2008/2009 Japan Tour events Winner
2008 Visa Taiheiyo Masters Katayama, Shingo
2008 Dunlop Phoenix Marksaeng, Prayad
2008 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup Singh, Jeev Milka
2009 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open
2009 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic

8. Winners from five Japan Golf Tour-sanctioned events from the 2008 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those five Japan Golf Tour events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more. If fewer than five players are eligible via this category (i.e. there is one or more multiple winners in these five events or a winner is qualified in a higher category or there are insufficient tournaments with the approved rating) additional players from the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit as of Oct. 26, 2009, in order of their positions, shall fill this category to five eligible players.

2008/2009 Sunshine Tour events Winner
2008 Alfred Dunhill Championship Sterne, Richard
2008 South African Open (Sterne, Richard)

9. Winners from five Sunshine Tour-sanctioned events from the 2008 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those five Sunshine Tour events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more. If fewer than five players are eligible via this category (i.e. there is one or more multiple winners in these five events or a winner is qualified in a higher category or there are insufficient tournaments with the approved rating) additional players from the final 2008 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, in order of their positions, shall fill this category to five eligible players.

Final 2008 Order of Merit (if needed to fill the category to five players) • 1. (Sterne, Richard) • 2. Mulroy, Garth 3. Aiken, Thomas • 4. Murless, Mark • 5. Kingston, James

2008/2009 Aust. Tour events Winner
2008 Sportsbet Australian Masters Pampling, Rod
2008 Australian PGA Champ. (Ogilvy, Geoff)
2008 Australian Open Clark, Tim
2009 Johnnie Walker Classic Lee, Danny

10. Winners from five Australasian Tour-sanctioned events from the 2008 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those five Australasian Tour events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the event preceding the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more. If fewer than five players are eligible via this category (i.e. there is one or more multiple winners in these five events or a winner is qualified in a higher category or there are insufficient tournaments with the approved rating), additional players from the final 2008 Australasian Tour Order of Merit, in order of their positions, shall fill this category to five eligible players.

Final 2008 Order of Merit (if needed to fill the category to five players) • 1. Brown, Mark • 2. (Pampling, Rod) • 3. (Ogilvy, Geoff) • 4. (Strange, Scott) • 5. Chalmers, Greg

11. Four Chinese players

12. Top two available players, not otherwise exempt, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Oct. 26, 2009

2008/2009 Events Winner
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Pat Perez
Buick Open Tiger Woods
Justin Timberlake Classic
John Deere Classic Steve Stricker
Wyndham Championship
RBC Canadian Open Nathan Green
Fry's.com Open
Valero Texas Open Zach Johnson
Turning Stone Resort Champ.
Casio World Open Koumei Oda
Viking Classic
BMW Italian Open
Madrid Masters
Estoril Open de Portugal Michael Hoey
Mitsubishi Diamond Takashi Kanemoto
US Bank Championship
Munsingwwear Open
Japan Tour Championship Yuji Igarashi

13. If necessary to fill the field to 78 players, additional Tournament Winners from the 2008 HSBC Champions through the event preceding the 2009 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those winners of events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating -- having a rating of 40 points or more, not listed in an above category:

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