of the world’s top golfers today performed a traditional Chinese lion
dance to celebrate the launch of this year’s World Golf
Championships-HSBC Champions, Nov 5-8, and HSBC’s additional five year
commitment to the championships. Current champion Bubba Watson, together with World No 2 Jordan
Spieth, World No 5 Rickie Fowler and World No 7 Henrik Stenson joined
the opening ceremony at the Peninsula Hotel, with a view of Shanghai’s
landmark - The Bund.
The players marked the start of the tournament, which is known as
’Asia’s Major’, by beating drums for a lion dance, a traditional Chinese
symbol of good luck.
For the third year running, the showdown at the Sheshan
International Golf Club has attracted over 40 of the world’s top 50
players. The sponsor HSBC has renewed its commitment to supporting golf
in China by agreeing a five-year extension to its sponsorship of World
Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
World No 2 Jordan Spieth said, "This is great news for China’s
golf lovers and I can’t wait to take on the course at Sheshan. Golf’s
prosperity in Asia, the tournament’s success and the increasing number
of young golf talents all show the promising future of golf in China."
Defending champion Bubba Watson added, "It’s incredible to see
the development of the game in Asia in the last 10 years. We can feel
its increasing popularity among the public. My victory here last year
was a huge moment for me and I can’t wait to defend my title."
Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC,
announced the sponsorship extension on stage at the 2015 Golf Business
Forum, in Shanghai. He said, "We have restated our commitment to China’s
golf industry by agreeing a sponsorship extension for another five
years. Over the last 10 years, our flagship tournament has been a
driving force for the development of golf in Asia and with golf
returning to the Olympics at Rio in 2016, we feel this is an important
"In addition to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
extension, we are also delighted to announce sponsorship extension for
our other major flagship golf events, including HSBC Women’s Champions
and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Earlier this year we also
renewed our agreement to support the Open Championship in the US. All
these measures show our commitment to supporting golf development."
"Here in Shanghai, we once again have a world class field of
golf’s young stars. It will be another thrilling week."
The stars include former World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
winners Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer, World Number 3 Rory McIlroy
and top 20 players Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.
這些明星包括前匯豐世界高爾夫冠軍獲得者Dustin Johnson 和 Martin Kaymer，世界第三Rory
McIlroy和前二十選手Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia 和Adam Scott。
The HSBC tournament boasts the toughest qualification criteria
among all the World Golf Championships as the majority of players have
to qualify by winning a key event during the year or by ranking in the
world’s top 50 players.