Volvo World Match Play heading for London Club this autumn

Last Updated: 05/02/14 5:33pm

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Graeme McDowell with last year's Volvo World Match Play trophy

Graeme McDowell with last year's Volvo World Match Play trophy

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The Volvo World Match Play is returning to England in the autumn to mark the tournament's 50th anniversary.

The event has been staged in Spain and Bulgaria since leaving its traditional home at Wentworth in 2007, but the Surrey course will not be the venue this year.

The London Golf Club in Kent will host the 16-man field, which will be split into four groups of four, in a five-day event between October 15 and 19.

It also means there will be three European Tour events in England in 2014 after one - the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth - last year.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell is thrilled with the news, as he said: "I think it is fantastic that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played in England for this special anniversary.

"I enjoyed everything about my victory last year at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria. It seems right though to celebrate the championship's anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years.

Great track

"I have heard that the International Course at the London Golf Club is a great track and I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself.

"I finished third at the 2008 European Open on the Heritage Course there and I think it will make for a fantastic venue. I'm very much looking forward to defending my title there in October."

George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, added: "Already a tournament with a great tradition, we look forward to the Volvo World Match Play Championship adding a new chapter to its rich history in this, its 50th year, when it is played for the first time at The London Golf Club."

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