Golf-China Champions event elevated to full WGC status - Finchem

SHENZHEN Sun Nov 4, 2012 10:01am IST

SHENZHEN China Nov 4 (Reuters) - The HSBC-WGC Champions tournament in China will be elevated to full World Golf Championships status from 2013, the U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has said, while prize money will increase to $8.5 million.

The event, held in China since 2005, had been given WGC status in 2009 but was below the level of the Cadillac, Accenture and Bridgestone Invitational events, all of which are held in the United States.

Finchem, however, said the event would be afforded the same status as the other three events from 2013, though because it will be played in November, the FedEx Cup points will count for the 2014 season.

Next year's winner would also receive a three-year exemption to play on the U.S. Tour and the tournament will carry a 10 per cent premium in Cup points like the other three WGC tournaments.

Finchem added in a media conference at Mission Hills on Sunday that future events will not be allowed to authorise appearance fees, in line with PGA Tour rules.

The event will also move back to the Sheshan International Club in Shanghai for the next three years.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Two-match ban

Two-match ban

Pires gets two-match ISL ban for tunnel altercation.  Full Article 

'Clasico'

'Clasico'

Real fight back to take 'Clasico' spoils.  Full Article 

Domestic Title

Domestic Title

Old Trafford is more like Gold Trafford for Chelsea.  Full Article 

Row with Striker

Row with Striker

Taarabt row is over as QPR move on says Redknapp.  Full Article 

Formula One

Formula One

Caterham and Marussia to miss next races - Ecclestone .  Full Article 

Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysian Grand Prix

Marquez takes record 13th pole in Malaysia  Full Article 

"Biting Harmless"

"Biting Harmless"

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez  Full Article 

Asian Champions League

Asian Champions League

Juric strike gives Western Sydney edge in Asian final  Full Article 

NBA Preview

NBA Preview

LeBron's Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage