Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiger Is a Big Draw in China

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiger Is a Big Draw in China

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A first prize of more than pounds 475,000 and the presence of Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh gives the new European Tour season a flying start in Shanghai this week.

The pounds 2.7m HSBC Champions tournament is the richest golf event staged in Asia, and Woods, Singh and Padraig Harrington have all flown straight from the Tour Championship in America to be part of the 75-strong field.

Europe's men of the moment Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley, meanwhile, are looking to pick up where they left off two weeks ago.

A brilliant October ( first, third, eighth and third ( gave Montgomerie an eighth Order of Merit crown, while McGinley produced the best performance of his career in winning the Volvo Masters at Valderrama.

The Dubliner was in hospital the following day for a scan on his knee and the news was good.

"It's my decision whether I have an operation or not and if I do the recovery period won't be as long as I thought it would be," said McGinley, who had feared he could be out for two months. …

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