Defending champion Shane Lowry, world number one Brooks Koepka and two-time champion Tommy Fleetwood lead a star-studded field for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship which gets underway on Thursday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
American Koepka will be looking to stamp his authority at the 15th edition of the award-winning event, which takes place from January 16-19 in the UAE capital.
Following an exceptional 2019, during which he won his fourth major, the 29-year-old Florida native recorded two wins, three runners-up and four additional top-10 finishes.
Blocking his path to victory is the event’s reigning champion Shane Lowry, world number ten Tommy Fleetwood, and Koepka’s USA compatriots, world number six Patrick Cantlay and world No15 Bryson DeCheambeau.
Cantlay, making his debut in Abu Dhabi, will be looking to capitalise on his solid 2019 form that saw him win at the Memorial Tournament and clinch runner-up finishes at the BMW Championship and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
At the majors the California man was also impressive, securing a T9 finish at the Masters and T3 at the PGA Championship.
Fleetwood, champion in 2017 and 2018, has all the tools in his armoury to produce another blistering display around the National Course.
The Southport man won in Sun City and finished second at the DP World Tour Championship last season and, to underline his consistency, he has not missed a cut since the French Open in July 2018.
First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will welcome golf fans from around the world – and residents of Abu Dhabi – visiting to watch the action.
The tournament’s status continues to grow and it was elevated to Rolex Series status in October 2018 with the purse bolstered to $7 million.
The Championship Village once again returns with an exciting selection of activities to cater for all interests away from the golfing action, with a focus on well-being and family-oriented fun.
General admission is just AED 50 for one day, while a four day pass is AED 100.
What: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA
Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
When: January 16-19
Contact: Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ae
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