PGA Tour set for the final WGC event

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PGA Tour set for the final WGC event
With the CIMB Classic over, all eyes are now set on the final WGC event of the year. WGC-HSBC Champions tees off on Thursday at the Olazabal course in Mission Hills.
There is not much good new, as two of the top PGA Tour players – Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods – will not be taking part in the event.
The world number one and two recently played at an 18-hole exhibition in China but the duo decided not to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions.
"I think the feeling is -- and it seems to be among media and a lot of other people with the stakeholders, not just us as the sponsors -- well, if they're in China and there's a World Golf Championship, this would be a good event to be at because it's a
WGC, but a WGC in Asia, which helps elevate the game," said Morgan, who is the Global Head of sponsorship and events for HSBC.
Tiger Woods has some corporate commitments in Singapore, whereas Rory McIlroy is in Bulgaria with his girl friend, Caroline Wozniacki.
This is a major shock for the organisers as these are the biggest names in golf currently. However, other top players of the world will be taking part, including the defending champion Martin Kaymer.
Mission Hills is probably the largest golf facility in the world at the moment, with twelve eighteen-hole courses.
The facility has hosted some of the major golf events in the past but this will be the first time that a WGC event will be taking place at this venue.
Martin Kaymer is all set to defend his title at the $7 Million WGC-HSBC Champions. Although the course has been shifted, the German is eager to retain his crown.
The two-time champion of the event, Phil Mickelson is also in good shape for the tournament as he gears up to give a tough challenge to his rivals.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is hopeful for a very successful 2012 tournament.
"I have been to Mission Hills Guangdong on numerous occasions, and I know that the 2012 HSBC Champions will be an outstanding success there," said Finchem.



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