Jimenez, Moore join Match Play field

Miguel Angel Jiménez and Ryan Moore are the latest stars to join the Volvo World Match Play field.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez and America’s Ryan Moore are the latest stars to confirm that they will be teeing off in the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesín in May

They are to join an already elite field that includes Paul Casey, Nicolas Colsaerts, Johan Edfors, Ross Fisher, Retief Goosen, Martin Kaymer, Søren Kjeldsen, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Alvaro Quirós, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood and YE Yang.

Jiménez, winner of 18 European Tour titles including the 1999 Volvo Masters, qualifies for the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship following the withdrawal of Robert Karlsson and he is delighted to be representing his homeland.

He explained: ” haven’t played in the World Match Play Championship since 2004 when I reached the semi-finals so I am very happy to have qualified again. I and I am looking forward to playing at Finca Cortesín as it hosts this historic Championship for the second time.”

“I think Alvaro and I will be the only Spanish players in a really strong field of 24 players so we will have to do all we can to reward the support of our home fans.”

Moore, who is currently No 40 in the world and took some notable scalps en route to the quarter-finals of the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship, said he couldn’t wait to make his debut in the Volvo World Match Play.

“Ian really eager to make my debut at the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship. I have heard so much about Finca Cortesín and this great tournament that I can’t wait to get there. It is a great field and I am already trying to work out what group I’ll be in.”

Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management Golf, concluded, “We are delighted with the way the field is filling up for our second Volvo World Match Play Championship.

“Finca Cortesín have prepared meticulously and the course is in perfect condition and ready to host the world’s best players.

“The changes we have made to the date and the qualification criteria have really been successful in gathering this already quality field and we are now looking forward to finalising the field and enjoying an amazing week of tantalizing matches.”

On arrival at Finca Cortesín in May the players will be divided into eight groups of three players who will play each other on a round robin basis on Thursday and Friday after which 16 players progress to Saturday in a knock-out format with the semis and the final set to be played on Sunday.

The prize fund for the 2011 Championship has increased to €3.4 million with a first prize of €800,000, the highest on the European Tour outside of the Majors, World Golf Championship events and the Dubai World Golf Championship.