Oct 09, 2017: 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.
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.”
“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” said Phil Mickelson.