Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are the latest golf stars to commit to the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin from the 29th October to 1st November. Ranked 6th, 8th, 11th and 13th in the world respectively they qualify as the highest ranked available players not otherwise qualified on yesterday’s Official World Golf Ranking. Seven of the 11 players now confirmed are ranked in the world’s top 20 and the field looks sure to be the strongest ever with many tantalising match ups as the world’s best golfers go head to head in the new look Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Sergio Garcia: “I am delighted to have formally qualified for the first Volvo World Match Play to be held in Spain and I am really looking forward to playing in front of my home crowds. It is going to be an exciting few weeks for me playing at home in Spain. As well as playing in the Madrid Masters, I am hoping to defend my title at the Castello Masters and then try to go on to win the inaugural Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin. I think it will be fascinating for the spectators to be able to go and watch two such different events. Match play offers such a different spectacle and atmosphere for the fans and I think it is great for Spanish golf to be welcoming such a prestigious event.”
There are now only five places left to confirm in the field and this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship presents the last chance for the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Angel Cabrera, Oliver Wilson and Spain’s very own Gonzalo Fernandez Castano to secure their places. The five highest ranked players as of Monday, 5th October on the European Tour Race to Dubai Rankings not otherwise qualified will complete the 16-man line up and the right to compete for the €3.25 million prize fund and a first prize of €750,000.