According to Yahoo! Sports, the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions will start Thursday (Wednesday evening in North America) in Shanghai, China. The event has significance not only because it is the last big tournament on the 2013 calendar, but it will be the first meaningful golf tournament on the continent of Asia since Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympic Games this past September.
True, the Olympic Games are seven years from now, but it will give golfers like Canadian Graham DeLaet an opportunity to see what it is like to play a significant golf event in Asia on an annual basis. The World Golf Championship does not have major golf status but is one of four events that could be considered in the second tier of golf events. The other World Golf Championship events take place in Scottsdale, Arizona with the World Match Play Championship in February, the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami in March and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, the week before the PGA Championship in August.
In round one, DeLaet will be in the same group as four-time Major champion Ernie Els of South Africa and former world number one Lee Westwood of England. Els has won the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open and the 2002 and 2012 British Open. Ian Poulter of England is the defending champion.