China to host World Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

The US PGA Tour finally found a way to get into China when it announced that Mission Hills Golf Club will host the World Cup in 2007-08.

China to host World Championship
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The US PGA Tour finally found a way to get into China when it announced that Mission Hills Golf Club will host the World Cup in 2007-08. China will also then stage a World Golf Championship every year through 2018. US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said on Tuesday he took care of three objectives with one contract. It puts a WGC event in China, something the tour has worked on for more than a year. It brings US PGA Tour-level golf to Asia in an official capacity; and it keeps the World Cup alive. Sponsor issues There are still details to work out. Mission Hills wants a full-fledged WGC Event, such as a stroke-play tournament. But part of that might hinge on finding a corporate sponsor that would move the World Cup around the globe. Finchem did not say when the WGC event in China would be played in 2009 because of so many moving parts on the golf calendar. Either way, it allows the tour to escape criticism of playing all the WGC events in America. The Accenture Match Play Championship (Tucson, Arizona), the CA Championship (Miami) and the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) all are locked in through 2010. But that still leaves Europe, Africa and Australia without a WGC until at least 2011, if not longer. "We're not entirely happy that all the events are being played in America,'' European Tour chief George O'Grady said. O'Grady was diplomatic in saying that it was not vital for a WGC to come to Britain because it has the British Open every year, and the European Tour has some tournaments with the strongest field in golf some weeks, such as the Dubai Desert Classic.(AP)

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