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Donald among early commits to HSBC Champions

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A star-studded field already is taking shape at the fourth and final World Golf Championships event of the year.

Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Martin Kaymer each confirmed Tuesday that they will play in the $7 million HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Nov. 1-4. The event is held on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills Guangdong in China.

“I’ve had great experiences at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and I am really looking forward to playing in the next edition,” Mickelson said in a release. “I love competing around the world, and it’s truly exciting in the growing markets of Asia and China because there’s a real buzz about golf and the fans are so enthusiastic and appreciative. Although I have won the title twice, this year we are playing on a new course in a new venue, so I won’t have the advantage of my past experiences. This is a world-class tournament and to win my third title would be a wonderful finale for my season.”

Donald, the No. 3 player in the world ranking, missed this event last year as he awaited the birth of his second child.

“It is Asia’s flagship event and has become a very significant tournament worldwide,” Donald said, “and I think our performances there will be a key factor in deciding both the Race to Dubai and the world ranking come the end of the year.”

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