Six berths still open in World Match Play Championship
by Associated Press
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Organizers hope to confirm the final six entries this week for next month's 16-man World Match Play Championship at Wentworth.
The tournament, which offers 1 million pounds ($1.81 million) to the champion, features the winners of three of this year's four majors - Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and Todd Hamilton.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson is the only major winner to turn down the invitation.
Six other players have also declined to enter: Tiger Woods, Chris DiMarco, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Shigeki Maruyama and Sergio Garcia.
Other players confirmed for the Oct. 14-17 event are: Ernie Els, K.J. Choi, Mike Weir, Jeff Maggert, Lee Westwood, Scott Drummond and Thomas Levet.
The six players yet to confirm are: Chris Riley, Robert Allenby, Steve Flesch, Bernhard Langer, Angel Cabrera and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
First played 40 years ago, the event this season has been expanded from 12 to 16 players and will count on the European Tour and world rankings.
Players are invited based on their finishes in the four majors, four designated European tournaments, and the European Order of Merit rankings. The defending champion, Els, is also invited.