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Will Europeans repeat Cup magic in Shanghai?

Updated: 2012-10-11 08:08
By China Daily ( China Daily)

The stars of Team Europe will compete against one another in China after their sensational Ryder Cup victory, and match-winner Martin Kaymer is among them.

A new chapter in golf's history books was written last month when Team Europe achieved the seemingly impossible at the Medinah Country Club, turning around a 10-6 deficit on the final day to defend its title 14.5-13.5 against the US.

Eleven of the 12 Ryder Cup players who pulled off the "Miracle of Medinah" will tee off at the BMW Masters in Shanghai at the Lake Malaren Golf Club from Oct 25-28, where they will show off the golf that had the sporting world holding its breath on the final day of the event.

BMW is back in China to organize another professional golf tournament with a world-class field and total prize money of $7 million.

BMW's most recent golf foray into the mainland was the BMW Asian Open in 2008.

Eckhard Wannieck, head of BMW International Sponsorship, Cooperation and Product Placement, said the company is excited to be involved.

"We are proud to be able to present nearly all the Ryder Cup winners when the BMW Masters makes its debut," he said. "As a global golf player, BMW is pleased to underpin once again its claim as a leader in international golf."

Kaymer, who has experienced an up-and-down season, showed his mental toughness during the Cup's final day singles.

"That was without doubt the most important putt of my life, It makes up for a lot of what has happened this season, and will give me a big boost for the rest of the season," Kaymer said of his six-foot putt at the final hole against Steve Stricker in the penultimate paring to seal the Cup for the Europeans.

"I want to use this wave of euphoria to put together a successful finish. I am particularly looking forward to the BMW Masters, as BMW tournaments are always a bit special. The reunion with my Ryder Cup teammates means that there will be something of an internal competition among our team at Lake Malaren Golf Club. I am looking forward to it, and can't wait to see who will come out on top in China."