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European TourWithout skipping a beat, the European Tour's 2005 schedule is set to begin this week halfway around the world at the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.
 
It will be one of three tournaments on the 2005 schedule that will be played before the end of the year. The tour's kickoff event will be followed by the Omega Hong Kong Open next week and then the Dunhill Championship from December 9-12th.
 
Last year's champion and host country favorite, Lian-Wei Zhang, will return to defend the title he won in a thrilling duel with Ernie Els.
 
Both having short putts on the 72nd hole, Els missed and Zhang drained his attempt to beat the world's No. 3 player and in the process he became the first Chinese golfer to win on the European Tour.
 
Joining Zhang in his title defense are several members of current and past Ryder Cup teams as well as a few stalwarts of the European Tour.
 
Paul McGinley, who paired with Padraig Harrington to finish third in last week's WGC -World Cup, will be joined by Thomas Bjorn, Barry Lane, Peter Baker and 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie.
 
The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be played at the Shanghai Silport Golf Club. It marks the second time mainland China has hosted an event, following the first Volvo China Open that was played at Beijing International Golf Club back in 1995.
 
The Volvo China Open offers a purse of $1,000,000 with $166,000 going to the winner. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour.
 
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