Posted October 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
The HSBC Champions lost some star power when Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods decided to skip the World Golf Championship event - much to the disappointment of the tournament backers. For the other top golfers in the field, however, the absence of McIlroy, in particular, represents a chance to make up ground in the European Tour money list. Giles Morgan, global head of sponsorship and events for HSBC, said he was ''disappointed'' that No. 1-ranked McIlroy and Woods, a 14-time major winner, are skipping the HSBC Champions after playing elsewhere in Asia. ''To have a World Golf Championship in Asia is really important for the sport, to balance the sport out, and to grow,'' Morgan said. ''And because it's a World Golf Championship event, it requires the best players to be here.'' McIlroy and Woods chose to play in a lucrative, head-to-head exhibition event in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Monday, a day after competing in tournaments in Shanghai and Malaysia. Instead of coming to Mi...
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