Fowler and Stenson sign up for WGC-HSBC Champions

Tue 29 Sep 2015

Fowler and Stenson sign up for WGC-HSBC Champions

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Shanghai, September 29: America’s world number five Rickie Fowler and Sweden’s sixth-ranked Henrik Stenson are the latest stars to commit to the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club from November 5 to  8, 2015.
Fowler and Stenson are both hitting their best form of the season ahead of the final World Golf Championships of the year in Shanghai. Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, the second event of the prestigious FedEx Cup playoffs while Stenson finished in second place in three of the four FedEx Cup playoff events, catapulting him into a second place finish on the final FedEx Cup standings.
They join world number one Jordan Spieth, world number three Rory McIlroy and defending champion and fourth-ranked Bubba Watson in confirming that they will compete for ‘Asia’s Major’ this November in China.
Henrik Stenson of Sweden Henrik Stenson of Sweden
Fowler has made great strides this season having firmly established himself amongst the world’s elite with emphatic wins at The Players Championship and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open earlier in the summer.
With his eye on finishing the season holding his first World Golf Championships trophy aloft, Fowler said: “I have had a great year and I can’t think of a better way to round it off than winning the WGC-HSBC Champions.
“I came pretty close last year finishing third and I am really looking forward to playing the Sheshan course again. I really enjoy travelling and especially to China where the fans create a really special atmosphere and I have enjoyed my time in Shanghai in the past and look forward to visiting again this year.”
Stenson, who is back to his best form and looking for both his first win of the season and his second World Golf Championships title, added: “I am starting to feel really good about my game and am definitely ready to win again. The last few times at the WGC-HSBC Champions I’ve finished in the middle of the pack so I am definitely looking to get on the leaderboard again this year. I haven’t played too much golf this summer and am feeling as fresh as I have felt ahead of this part of the season. HSBC put on a fantastic event and having attended the very first one in 2005, it is pretty cool to see how far both the tournament and Chinese golf has come in the last decade.”
Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC said “We are delighted to be able to welcome Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson back to WGC-HSBC Champions strengthening what is already a world class line up and cementing the tournament’s status as the most prestigious golf event in the region. In recent years we have seen a changing of the guard at the top of golf’s global leaderboard and this group of dynamic young players competing at Sheshan this year can be a catalyst for the continued development of the sport in Asia.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 11th edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions with all information available at www.hsbcgolf.com  along with details of revised qualification.
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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 $8.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, former World Number 1 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.  In preparation for golf’s return to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016, HSBC is also the presenting sponsor of the Brazil Champions tournament in São Paulo.
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
 
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