Major champion Curtis to join Korean stars Wi and Bae

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Major champion Ben Curtis of the United States and Korean stars Charlie Wi and Bae Sang-moon will headline the second edition of the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi next week.

Tournament host Choi, who won his own event last year, was delighted to announce that Curtis, winner of the British Open in 2003, will make his first visit to the US$750,000 full-field Asian Tour tournament from October 4 to 7 on the back of a strong season in America.

The 35-year-old secured his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Valero Texas Open earlier this season and posted two other top-five finishes, including a tied second finish at The Players Championship which is often dubbed the unofficial fifth Major.

After amassing seven career titles on the Asian Tour, the methodical Wi has established himself in the U.S. This year, he finished three times in the top-five and narrowly missed a maiden title when he led into the final day at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-am before finishing second. Wi is tipped to contend at the impressive Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club next month.

Bae, 25, is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Korea. He developed his knack for winning on the Asian Tour with one win in every season from 2007 to 2009 before topping the rankings in Japan with three victories in 2011.

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