Clarke, Els and Harrington to play Golf Champions

Darren Clarke

GEORGE, South Africa — Major winners Darren Clarke, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington will play the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event this month at South Africa's Fancourt links course.

Organizers said Thursday the trio, along with Robert Karlsson, were the latest to confirm their participation at the $2.7 million tournament Jan. 19-22 in George, on South Africa's Western Cape.

The tournament was relocated from Bahrain because of security concerns in the Gulf kingdom.

British Open champion Clarke and Els and Harrington joined Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Paul Lawrie as major winners in the field.

The Volvo Golf Champions, which has no cut, was won by Englishman Paul Casey last year. It's open to winners on the European Tour.

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