Big names ready for Final Series

A star-studded field is set for the first event of the European Tour’s four-week Final Series – the BMW Masters in China.

Set for Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, the tournament will feature seven members of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team, as well the man who captained them to victory, Paul McGinley.

Englishman Ian Poulter and Justin Rose are joined by Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn.

Highly-rated American Chris Kirk, who won the second event of the FedEx Cup series on the US PGA Tour in September, will also be participating.

Poulter will be one of the favourites due to his excellent form on Asian soil.

His last tournament victory came on The European Tour came in the WGC-HSBC Champions, also in Shanghai, and prior to that he won in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“The BMW Masters is going to be a fantastic tournament. I like Asia in general. I love being there and like the Lake Malaren course. And I have some lovely fans over there. I’m looking forward to returning and trying to get my hands on that trophy,” said Poulter.

The BMW Masters is the first of a two-week swing in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, followed by the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club.

From there, the Final Series moves to Turkey for the Turkish Airlines Open and then the climax at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.