World number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will play next month’s European Tour UBS Hong Kong Open as he attempts to defend the crown he won in 2011.
He will be joined in the field by his 2012 Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, along with team mate Paul Lawrie.
Lawrie, who crucially defeated Brandt Snedeker in the Sunday singles, said: “I always look forward to the Hong Kong Open, it’s a great tournament in a fantastic city, so it’s a fun week on and off the course.
“My record in the event isn’t quite as good as I would like, but the way I’ve been playing this year I feel very confident of giving a good account of myself.”
Losing Ryder Cup American team member Matt Kuchar is also in the field, and the four-time PGA Tour winner is looking forward to his first appearance in the tournament.
“I’m very excited about making my debut at the Hong Kong Open,” he said.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tournament and the city, so I’m looking forward to finding out for myself what all the buzz is about.
“The strength of the field is impressive and Rory’s record in the tournament is even more impressive. It’s going to be tough to win my first European Tour title, but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot.”