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Two more former major champions, Bubba Watson and Ernie Els, have confirmed they will take part in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China next month.

They join defending champion Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and a host of other star names in the field for the final WGC of the year.

The event will be staged from November 1-4 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills, located in China’s Guangdong province.

Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, will be making his first start in the WGC-HSBC Champions, and is relishing the prospect of his first ever trip to China.

“Winning my first major at the Masters in April has made this an amazing year but I haven’t won since, so I’d love to end my year with my first World Golf Championship win,” said the left hander.

“Asian golf is definitely on the up and I am excited to go there, see it and experience it for myself.”

Els, who won his second Open and fourth major championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes this summer, is also looking forward to the event.

“Winning my second Open at Lytham was obviously a very special moment in my career, and I guess you could say I’ve had a spring in my step ever since,” he said.

“I’m definitely enjoying my golf and, as always, I’m excited about the prospect of returning to Mission Hills for the WGC-HSBC Champions. It’s always a fantastic week.”

World numbers three and four, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, will also take part in the $7m event, staged for the first time at Mission Hills after seven editions at Shanghai’s Sheshan International Golf Club.