Golf's richest prize added to Euro Tour- 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00
The tournament with the richest first prize in golf for 2011, the Shanghai Masters, is set to join the European Tour calendar for 2012 - Rory McIlroy took the £1.24m (R15.7m) prize when he won the event last year.
Last year's inaugural event was not sanctioned by a major tour but was rebranded as the BMW Masters and has now added to the European Tour.
The event will take place at Lake Malaran, Shanghai, from 25th to 28th October with a field of 78 competing for total prize money of £4.3m (R54.5m).
Open champion Darren Clarke - en route to South Korea for this week's Ballantine's Championship - helped to launch the event at the Beijing Auto Show.
The BMW Masters will be one of three played on mainland China this year, and brings the total number of tournaments on the 2012 Race to Dubai to 47.