THREE OF THE BEST

Golf Di­gest Mid­dle East ed­i­tor Kent Gray picks out his ones to watch in this month’s trio of tour­na­ments

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ABU DHABI Tommy Fleet­wood

The Ry­der Cup star is chas­ing a Fal­con Tro­phy ‘three-peat’ on The Na­tional course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Ger­man Martin Kaymer has won Abu Dhabi three times but no one has achieved a pure hat-trick in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons. Big hit­ting Amer­i­can pals Brooks Koepka and Dustin John­son won’t make Fleet­wood’s tilt at his­tory any eas­ier.

DUBAI Hen­rik Sten­son

The for­mer (British) Open cham­pion won the Dal­lah tro­phy on 2007 and looks in good touch for the 30th edi­tion at Emi­rates Golf Club. He put in a strong per­for­mance at Tiger Woods’ tour­na­ment in the Ba­hamas com­ing off mi­nor el­bow surgery and boasts a proven desert pedi­gree. If he gets his putting go­ing, watch out...

KSA Dustin John­son

The for­mer world num­ber one is the main draw­card but keep an eye on Amer­i­can Ry­der Cup team­mate Pa­trick Reed at Royal Greens Golf & Coun­try Club. The new course in King Ab­dul­lah Eco­nomic City makes pre­dic­tions tricky but DJ will have Abu Dhabi un­der his belt, post the (very short) ‘off-sea­son’, while Reed is a proven con­tender in the Mid­dle East and des­per­ate for a first ti­tle out­side the US. Click on golfdi­gestme.com for all the lat­est golf­ing news and views

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