SHANGHAI, China (AP) — World No. 2 Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera, fresh off a win in Singapore, will compete for Asia’s biggest golf purse this week at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
The two will be joined by world No. 4 Ernie Els in a heavyweight draw that is missing Tiger Woods, the top player in the world who is bypassing the tournament and its $5 million in prize money this year.
It will be Mickelson’s first official event in China, but the focus should be on Cabrera who stunned the golf world with his victory over Woods at the U.S. Open in June.
The confident Argentinian is now ranked 14th in the world after edging Vijay Singh of Fiji to win the Singapore Open last weekend.
Singh will also be in Shanghai, as will be British Open champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland and South African Retief Goosen.
The defending champion is Yang Yong-eun from South Korea, who held off Woods to win by two strokes last year.
He is ready to repeat his winning performance, according to a statement issued by the Asian Tour.
“It’s great to return here as I have so many good memories from last year,” Yang said. “I felt really at home playing on this course and I hope it will be the same this year.”
China’s leading player Liang Wenchong, the Asian Order of Merit leader, will also be competing.