Bubba targets Shenzhen International

Bubba Watson will compete in the inaugural Shenzhen International in April.

The maiden Shenzhen International will debut on the European Tour on April 16, showcasing the Neil Haworth designed course at Genzon Golf Club.

That is just one week after the American makes his bid to defend his Masters title at Augusta.

“This is a great opportunity for me to come back to China and play in a new event, which will make a big contribution to the development of golf in southern China,” said the two time Major champion on europeantour.com.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Shenzhen next month and playing my part in making some history.

“I finished third in the WGC Cadillac Championship and my season’s got off to a pretty solid start overall, but I’m still looking for my first win in 2015. I’ll be doing my best to make it a hat-trick of wins at the Masters, but back-to-back victories in China would be pretty special too.”

Meanwhile, Fei Hai-long, the general manager of the Genzon Golf Club, is looking forward to watching the long hitter.

“With his impressive driving distances, extraordinary charisma and legions of fans around the world, Bubba’s participation in the tournament sends a very strong message to the international golfing community about just how serious we are about establishing the Shenzhen International as one of the region’s leading elite golf tournaments,” said Hai-long.

“Additionally, his presence at the Shenzhen International will enable golf fans in Shenzhen, Guangdong and throughout China to witness his remarkable skills first hand, so we look forward to his arrival in Shenzhen.”