European Ryder Cup Captain Luke Donald will tee it up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship alongside some of the DP World Tour’s brightest young talents and a number of proven winners as the first Rolex Series event of the year returns to Yas Links from January 19-22, 2023.
The former World Number One will be joined by Major champions and Ryder Cup stars at Yas Links Abu Dhabi on Yas Island – the home of sport and entertainment in the Middle East.
These include defending champion Thomas Pieters, plus fellow former winners Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry, for the 18th edition. 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, three-time DP World Tour winner Ryan Fox and rising star Sepp Straka also feature in a packed field.
Abu Dhabi Sports Council has confirmed free general admission tickets for all tournament days, giving fans in the UAE the opportunity to witness the world-class field in person for free for the second-successive year at Yas Links. A range of premium-experience tickets start from Dh1,200.
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The four-day Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship offers a festival of entertainment for all the family on Yas Island. Attendees will discover a championship village complete with a huge range of food and beverage options, sports and live music.
Furthermore, all 20 players named in the Hero Cup, a new match play tournament staged in Abu Dhabi the week prior between Continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland, will start their 2023 DP World Tour season at Yas Links.
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who claimed his second DP World Tour title in October at the DS Automobiles Italian Open at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the host venue of the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy, is one of many DP World Tour stars hoping to secure a position for Team Europe come September.
His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “There is an excellent group of players breaking through and we’re delighted to welcome these future stars to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Yas Links later this month.”
The successful move to Yas Island in 2022 heralded a new chapter for the tournament which highlights Abu Dhabi as an international sports hub with the season ending F1 Championship and Ultimate Fighting Championship also taking residency at the world-class venue.
The DP World Tour confirmed all Rolex Series events in 2023 will have a total prize fund of $9 million – an increase of $1m from the 2022 prize. The 2023 tournament will be the second of four events forming the Middle East swing, as Abu Dhabi prepares to host two weeks of world class golf across multiple venues.
Abdulfattah Sharaf, HSBC UAE CEO and Head of International Markets, said: “HSBC has been supporting new visions and opportunities across the UAE since we first opened our doors for business here more than 75 years ago.
“We are delighted to support a world class sporting event here in Abu Dhabi and excited to welcome major names in golf alongside rising young talent. Everyone is welcome at the stunning Yas Links later this month where entry tickets are free for all.”
Yas Island is Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure, retail and entertainment hub, leading the way in supporting the emirate’s Economic Vision 2030. The new venue offers a unique blend of stunning views, first-class hospitality and a diverse range of award-winning leisure and entertainment attractions, enhancing the experience for fans, whether they attend in person or watch from around the world.
Yas Links Abu Dhabi, designed by Kyle Phillips, opened in 2010 and ranked 34th in Golf Digest’s 2022 global list of Top 100 courses. It also hosted the golf element of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.