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World Match Play Championship returning to England

The World Match Play Championship is returning to England for its 50th anniversary this year. Organizers said on Wednesday it will be hosted Oct. 15-19 by the London Golf Club at Ash in the southeast county of Kent.

London Golf Club to host event Oct. 15-19

Graeme McDowell is the defending champion of the World Match Play Championship. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)

The World Match Play Championship is returning to England for its 50th anniversary this year.

Organizers said on Wednesday it will be hosted Oct. 15-19 by the London Golf Club at Ash in the southeast county of Kent. Until 2009, the event had been played at Wentworth before moving to Spain, and then to Bulgaria in 2013.

The event will feature a 16-man field with prize money of (euro)2.25 million ($3 million). Competitors will be split into four groups of four, with the top two players from each group advancing to the knockout phase.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell said "it seems right though to celebrate the Championship's anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years."

The field will also include Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson.

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