World Match Play headed for England?

European Tour

The London Club in Kent is reportedly the front-runner to host the Volvo World Match Play next year.

England last hosted the event in 2007 when the Wentworth Club in Surrey saw Ernie Els beat Angel Cabrera in the final to win it for a seventh time, but there are strong indications that the country will be regain the hosting rights in 2014.

The Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort in Bulgaria was the venue for the 2013 tournament while Spain’s Andalusia region played host from 2009 until 2012.

However, it is set to return to England next year with European Tour chief executive George O’Grady revealing to Telegraph Sport they will “make the decision as soon as possible”.

He added: “We have done all we can to ensure the Volvo World Match Play is in England this year and we hope that Volvo and IMG [the promoters] come to a decision soon.”

The tournament will take place from October 16-19 and it has a €3million prize fund with the winner walking away with a €800,000. Graeme McDowell is the defending champion having beaten Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee in the final.

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