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European Tour Members Joakim Haeggman of Sweden and Paul Lawrie of Scotland are the latest European stars to confirm their participation in the 88th Holden New Zealand Open at Gulf Harbour Country Club, Auckland, New Zealand, from February 10-13.
 
The Holden New Zealand Open is a joint-sanctioned event between The European Tour and the Australasian Tour and is featuring on The International Schedule for the first time in 2005.
 
Haeggman finished the 2004 season at Number 49 on the Official World Golf Ranking following an outstanding year on The European Tour that saw him secure the Qatar Masters, as well as third place finishes at the Deutsche Bank ' SAP Open TPC of Europe and the PGA Championship.
 
Lawrie, winner of the 1999 Open Championship, is the second Major Championship winner in the field, along with 1990 US PGA Champion Wayne Grady of Australia.
 


The Scotsman won the 128th Open Championship at Carnoustie when he came from ten shots behind with a final round 67 to grab a place in a three way play-off with Frenchman Jean Van de Velde and Justin Leonard of the USA. Lawrie went onto birdie the final two holes of that four-hole shoot-out to capture the Claret Jug.
 
Phil Aickin, Tournament Director of the Holden New Zealand Open, said: It is definitely shaping up as the strongest ever field for the Holden New Zealand Open. We have had great quality at the top of our field over the years, but the joint-sanction between the Australasian and European Tours means there is just so much depth and so many players of world class.
 
Gulf Harbour Country Club is no stranger to world class golf having played host to the 1998 World Cup of Golf, which was won by the English team of David Carter and Nick Faldo.