Spieth, McIlroy and Watson secure their places at the WGC-HSBC Champions event

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World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and defending Champion and World No. 4 Bubba Watson are the first players to book their place at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club, 5 – 8th November 2015.

Jordan Spieth, winner of the first two majors of the year, The Masters and the US Open, is looking to lift his first World Golf Championship trophy while Rory McIlroy, whose season was stalled by an ankle injury, will be looking to reclaim the number one spot he held until last month for a total of 93 weeks.

Defending Champion Bubba Watson is hoping to repeat his spectacular victory of last year when he holed his bunker shot for an eagle to make the play off, and a 25-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to defeat South Africa’s Tim Clark, winning what was his first World Golf Championships victory alongside his two Masters titles.

Watson has enjoyed a strong season, winning the Travellers Championship and, after recently finishing in second place at the WGC-Bridgestone, stands in third place on the Fedex rankings. He knows he has a tough task ahead in defending his title against the world’s best players.

Jordan Spieth, now ranked No. 1 in the world after winning the first two Majors of the year, The Masters and the US Open, said “It’s been a great year and I can’t wait to compete again at the World Golf Championship in China. Playing internationally is extremely important to me and I’m looking forward to returning to this great event.”

Rory McIlroy, already a four-time Major winner at 26 years of age added, “I can’t wait to get back to Sheshan for the final WGC of the season. To win the biggest tournament in Asia would be a huge end of season boost and give me great momentum going into next year. I always look forward to the superb quality and condition of the course and the really warm welcome I receive in China. The energy, excitement and enthusiasm from the crowd is like nowhere else and, as always, the field is going to be very, very tough.”

Tickets are now on sale for the 11th edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions with all information available at www.hsbcgolf.com