Golfing giants Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood return for Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Sport360 staff 10:17 05/11/2018
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Dustin Johnson

The world’s top ranked golfers from the PGA and European Tours have once again signed up to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, which returns to the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the 14th consecutive year from January 16-19, 2019.

As part of the Rolex Series – the premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule – this year’s edition is to be one of the season’s unmissable events, with the prize fund increasing to $7million.

In what promises to be one of the most competitive line-ups to date, two-time reigning champion and Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood will join world number three and 19-time PGA TOUR winner, Dustin Johnson, in returning to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

History is at stake as Fleetwood bids to fight off his rivals to win the title for a record-equalling third year; a feat which has, so far, only been achieved by Martin Kaymer (2008, 2010, 2011).

Tommy Fleetwood celebrates with the winners trophy

Tommy Fleetwood celebrates with the winners trophy

No player has ever won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA three years in a row.

One of the most important initiatives in the European Tour’s history, the Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the Tour’s International Schedule, elevating world class events into unmissable sporting occasions.

Comprising eight events in 2018, staged in a variety of iconic golfing locations around the world, the tournaments feature the biggest names in the sport.

Tournaments are part of the Rolex Series due to their quality, their prize fund and their ability to entertain golf fans like never before, both on the course as well as through television and on-line innovation.

HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are once again thrilled to host the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, the fourteenth time we have done so, but the first time as a top-tier Rolex Series event.

“Since its inauguration, the event has played an increasingly significant role in developing Abu Dhabi’s impressive sports portfolio and has now become one of the jewels in its crown. Residents and visitors have come to expect only the very best quality action as the top sports stars from all around the world continue to flow into Abu Dhabi to showcase their talent.

“Sport has a vital role to play in spreading awareness of what Abu Dhabi has to offer as a destination for tourism, culture and business, and 2019 will see this continue more strongly than ever.”

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