Record $1.8 million purse for Asian Open
LONDON, Apr 8 (Reuters) A record prize fund of 1.8 million dollars will be on offer at this month's Asian Open in Shanghai, the European Tour said in a news release today.
The purse has been increased by 300,000 dollars for the April 20-23 event tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and the China Golf Association.
Several top-quality players have confirmed their entries including world number 10 Luke Donald, eight-times European number one Colin Montgomerie and this season's order of merit leader David Howell.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 2004 champion, six-times major winner Nick Faldo and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn are also scheduled to take part.
The Asian challenge will be led by China's top-ranked professional Zhang Lian-wei.
It will be the third year in a row that the tournament is held at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club.
Ernie Els of South Africa romped to victory last season by a record 13-shot margin.
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