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Italian star Francesco Molinari and home favourite Haotong Li are the latest stars to commit to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions alongside reigning champion Xander Schauffele and the world’s top 4 ranked players; Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
World ranked No. 6 Molinari won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2010 and the Open Championship in 2018, while China’s Li, a two-time winner on the European Tour, 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.
As HSBC approach the 15th year of their award-winning 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 US$10.25 million.
New apparel sponsor Descente, Official Liquor Nei Can and VOSS as the Official Water are the newest sponsors joining a notable group of premium brands that include; WeChat, Mercedes Benz, iQiyi Sports, Dell Technologies and The Yuluxe Sheshan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
Italy’s first major winner, Molinari said: “With all of the majors now over for the year, we are turning our attention to the final World Golf Championships of the year. 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, 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.”
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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