Record pot on offer at China's "uni-sex" Pro-Am

Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:05am EDT
 
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Male and female golfers will compete for Asia's richest individual prize of $1.28 million at the new Mission Hills Star Trophy, a Celebrity Pro-Am tournament that will debut in Hainan, China in October.

Movie stars Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey will bring some Hollywood glitz to the October 28-31 event by teeing off in the tournament, organizers said at Thursday's launch.

The professional segment will involve 20 male and female golfers competing for a winner-takes-all pot of just under $1.3 million.

European and United States Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin will also take part along with China's trailblazing professional Zhang Liangwei.

Former women's world number one Annika Sorenstam and South Korea's Pak Se-ri are also among the field.

Twice British Open winner Greg Norman, also scheduled to play, and China's multiple Olympic champion gymnast Li Ning will serve as host ambassadors for the event, organizers added.

The event will take place at the new Mission Hills Resort Hainan, a new development on the tropical island which will also host the $7.5 million World Cup of Golf in its new biennial format.

(Reporting by Alastair Himmer. Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

 
<p>English actor Hugh Grant watches his tee shot during the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship at the Kingsbarns course in Fife, Scotland, October 7, 2004. REUTERS/Darren Staples</p>