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England set to get World Match Play?
England last hosted the Volvo World Match Play in 2007 when the Wentworth Club in Surrey watched Ernie Els defeat Angel Cabrera in the final, and now there are strong implications that the country will be getting hosting rights again in 2014.
Last year the event was held in the Thracian Cliffs Golf Club and Beach Resort in Bulgaria, while Spain’s Andalusia region played host from 2009 until 2012.
However, reports are circulating that England are the hot front-runners for the event, with European Tour chief executive George O’Grady revealing to the Telegraph Sport they will “make the decision as soon as possible,” adding, "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 Match Play tournament will take place from October 16-19 and there’s a €3million prize fund with the winner walking away with €800,000.
Reigning champion Graeme McDowell is set to defend the title he won last year when he defeated Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee in the final.