Star-studded field gathering for Asia’s Major #HSBCChampions

“This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year…” Jon Rahm

Shanghai, October 9: World No.5 Jon Rahm, World No.7 Jason Day and 2017 Tour Championship Winner Xander Schauffele have all confirmed their debut in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place October 26 to 29 at the Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Many of golf’s leading stars will join defending champion and World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, and World No.1 and 2013 Champion Dustin Johnson for the final World Golf Championship of the year.

The star-studded field will include the three Olympic medallists, Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze), as well as Marc Leishman, winner of the PGA’s BMW Championship earlier this month, Brooks Koepka, 2017 US Open Champion, US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, and fan favourite and five time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

European stars include 10-time European Tour winner Alex Noren, England’s Paul Casey, World No. 14 Tommy Fleetwood who is currently leading the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, 2010 HSBC Champions winner Francesco Molinari, and five-time European Tour winner Rafael Cabrera Bello.

Qualifying in his own right this year, Li Haotong will head up China’s interest, along with six players that still to be nominated by the Chinese Golf Association.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, who turned professional only last year and won the Farmers Insurance Open in January, has been racing up the world rankings ever since an impressive win at the Irish Open in the summer. Rahm said: “This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year and I would love to make a really strong debut in Shanghai. Majors and World Golf Championships are the titles you want to add to your CV and I would love to feature on the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.”

Phil Mickelson said: “I am delighted to be returning to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Having won there in 2007 and 2009, the Sheshan Golf Club is a very special place for me and I would love to be able to make my return to the winning circle there. The fans in China are like nowhere else in the world in terms of their energy and enthusiasm and I cannot wait to return and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the tournament so many refer to as ‘Asia’s Major’.”

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, said: “Once again the strength of field at the 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be unrivalled in Asia. This year has been a truly exciting one in the world of golf.  We have seen many first-time winners on the PGA and European Tours and at the Majors. It’s also been another stellar year for Chinese golf, with the incredible performance of Li Haotong at The Open and Dou Zecheng becoming the first Chinese player to earn a full PGA Tour card.  At HSBC we are immensely proud of the role we’ve played in growing the game in China and it’s inspiring to see the emergence of Chinese players on the world stage. With such a star-studded field it is shaping up to be a truly exciting instalment of ‘Asia’s Major’.”

Tickets are on sale at www.HSBCgolf.com/buy-tickets-online with early bird promotions available until 12th October. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens .

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Notes to editors:

About HSBC

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.

The HSBC Group

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 3,900 offices in 67 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,492bn at 30 June 2017, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

About HSBC Golf Sponsorships

HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.

HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC’s key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $9.75m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.

However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots – The Golf Foundation’s national development programme, which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.

For more details on HSBC’s golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com.

About WME | IMG China 

WME | IMG China is a subsidiary of WME | IMG, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Formed in June 2016 through an investment group that includes Sequoia Capital China, Tencent, FountainVest Partners and Focus Media, WME | IMG China is focused on building upon WME | IMG’s longstanding presence in the region and advancing its growth across entertainment and sports.

About the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

In 2017, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be the first of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours on the PGA TOUR schedule. The other World Golf Championships include the Mexico Championship (Mexico City), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas).