The 2011 Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters, is to be held at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Luodian European New Town, Baoshan District, Shanghai. This four day event is a 72-hole non-elimination tournament and will compromise a total of 30 golfers competing for the prestigious title of becoming the LMSM champion as well as an incredible winning prize fund.

The tournament is both hosted and funded by the General Administration of Sport of China, Shanghai Municipality, China Golf Association and Shanghai Bureau of Sports, and is organized by SRE Group, China New Town Development Co. Ltd and CCTV-IMG.

With future aspirations to become one of the most celebrated major golf championships in all of China, the tournament has pooled a whopping total prize-fund of $5 million, with $2 million allotted for the overall champion. This huge prize purse is almost unheard of in an individual event in both China and the rest of the world.

LMSM is an invitational tournament. Participating players invited include winners of the four Grand Slams of the year, champions or highest-premium winners of the US PGA, European Tour, Japan Tour, Asian Tour, Australian Tour; the Sunshine Tour of South Africa, the champion or highest-premium winner of both Asian and China Tour, eight Chinese players, and the defending champion of last year's LMSM (not awarded this year as this is the inaugural tournament) with the remaining quotas being invited from the world's top 30 players in the order of rankings.

Players who have confirmed their participation in this year's tournament include: Jim Furyk, the highest-premium winner of last year's PGA Tour; British Open champion, John Daly; two-time American Open winner, Retief Goosen; the 2006 American Open champion, Geoff Ogilvy; winner of the 2009 PGA Championship, Yang Yong Eun; four-time European Tour winner Ian Poulter, five-time European Tour winner and one-time Asian Tour champion, Paul Casey, and highest-premium winner of the 2010 Asian Tour, Noh Seung Yul. With such a strong participating array, LMSM will surely be a great gathering of the world's top achieving players.

The major sponsor, SRE Group, has provided huge resources in order to ensure success for this highly anticipated tournament. SRE Group has always prided itself on assuming social responsibility to forge ahead and spearhead the development of culture and sport by providing abundant manpower, materials and funds for many cultural and sporting events. Adhering to the purpose of acceleration in development of golf in China, accumulating strength for the Chinese Olympic Army and popularizing golf among the residents of China, SRE has spared no expense to make the event a great success and promote China as a golfing marvel to the world.

As the host site of LMSM, Lake Malaren Golf Club has made an all-out effort to reconstruct the courses to compete against others worldwide. Originally designed by Peter Thomson, a five-time British Open Champion, it is surely to become one of the most paramount golf clubs in China. To fully prepare for the tournament and to meet high standard expectations, the Club has especially hired one of the world's leading design companies, Nicklaus Design to redesign the courses and oversee the entire construction process. The renovated courses display unique and innovative design conceptions of Nicklaus. Whilst being branded with the typical style of "Golden Bear" everywhere - the courses will test the skills and wits of the best players and will allow them to display their individual strengths and styles through a variety of different shots and strategic elements, although enabling equal opportunities for success.

Government of Baosha District and the Luodian European New Town, the nearest of the nine satellite towns attached to Shanghai city, provides a propelling force to guarantee the success of the tournament. The Government of Baosha District is committed to building a "New Town, New Lifestyle" through the undertaking this event.