The inaugural tournament was played in November 2005 at the Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai, where the event still remains. In 2009, the WGC-HSBC Champions was awarded world golf championship status; it’s the fourth tournament to be given that title on the worldwide golf calendar, alongside the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational events.
Outside of the four majors, the WGC-HSBC Champions attracts one of the strongest fields from across the globe. With a prize fund of $7 million and world golf championship status, the WGC-HSBC Champions is not to be missed on the golfing calendar.
Emirates has been a partner with the event since it became the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2009; the contract runs through the 2012 event. At the tournament, Emirates looks to bring golf fans closer to the action through a number of activation programs both before and during the event.
Since its inception, the WGC-HSBC Champions has seen a number of high-profile winners, including Phil Mickelson twice, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, and Martin Kaymer.
Emirates also sponsors the Ryder Cup, UBS Hong Kong Open, Dubai World Championship, BMW International Open 2012, Japan Open, WGC-HSBC Champions, Emirates Australian Open Championship, Australian PGA Championship, Austrian Golf Open, Avantha Masters, Ballantine’s Championship, Barclays Singapore Open, Maybank Malaysian Open, Thailand Open, and Alstom Open de France.