|(Golf) Multiple winners line up for honors in Shanghai
World number three Phil Mickelson leads a top field battling at the US$8.5 million World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which begins tomorrow in Shanghai.
The field in “Asia's major'' includes 40 of the top 50 in the world plying in the event co-sanctioned by the US PGA, European and Asian Tours.
On the fairways at Sheshan Golf Club with British Open champion Mickelson, who won this event in 2007 and 2009, will be current major champions Justin Rose (US Open) and Jason Dufner (US PGA), AFP reports.
The most notable absentees are world number one Tiger Woods, who has skipped the event despite playing an exhibition in China on Monday against Rory McIlroy, and Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia, who is second in the rankings.
Mickelson will tee off alongside Rose and Keegan Bradley in one of the signature groups.
Double-winner Mickelson has a better record than anyone in the event.
Mickelson's three-ball will be preceded by world number six McIlroy playing with Donald and Dufner.
McIlroy is continuing on his Asian quest to regain his form with confidence boosted by a one-shot victory over Woods at Mission Hills, Hainan, on Monday.
He has also played the Korea Open, finishing second, and the BMW Masters in the past fortnight.
McIlroy flew straight back to Shanghai on Monday night.
The FedEx Cup champions of 2012 and 2013, Brandt Snedeker and Henrik Stenson respectively, are joined by Ian Poulter tomorrow at the tee-off.
There are four other past champions in the field – David Howell (2005), Sergio Garcia (2008), Francesco Molinari (2010) and Martin Kaymer (2011).
The 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson had his first taste of Sheshan Tuesday and liked what he saw.
Playing for the first time in China is 20-year-old American sensation Jordan Spieth, Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour.