The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will return next year as a biennial event at the Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island in Southern China.

A record prize fund of $7.5 million is bound to grab the attention of

the biggest names on November 24-27, 2011, with the money on offer elevating the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup right up alongside the Majors and the World Golf Championships.

Last year brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari formed a superb partnership to win the Cup for Italy.  

The re-positioning of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in odd years means that it will not clash with the Olympics in 2016, when golf is making a long-awaited return.

The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will remain the only team event in the men’s professional game where players can proudly represent their own countries.

George O’Grady, chief executive of The European Tour, said: “The world of golf is understandably excited about the prospect of the game returning to the Olympic movement from 2016, and that historic announcement in Copenhagen last October was a major motive behind the decision to re-position the World Cup in odd years.

“The impressive new Mission Hills complex at Hainan Island will offer a new experience for our players and for fans from around the world. Our gratitude also goes to the China Golf Association for its commitment to the World Cup, an event which affords all golfers to represent their country.”

Where next?

Tour news: Ernie Els wins again
Equipment reviews: Latest golf equipment reviews
Competitions: Win golf prizes