KINGS OF SWING

Golf ’s stars head for the cap­i­tal for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Cham­pi­onship

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The 14th edi­tion of the award­win­ning Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship will see yet an­other stun­ning line-up of the world’s best golfers at the cap­i­tal’s Golf Club, from Jan­uary 16 to 19.

First staged in 2006, the tour­na­ment has quickly evolved into one of the strong­est events on the Eu­ro­pean Tour, reg­u­larly at­tract­ing the world’s elite play­ers to the Mid­dle East at the start of the sea­son. Its im­por­tance in the golf­ing world was el­e­vated fur­ther when news broke that it has taken the Open de France’s slot as one of the tour’s elite Rolex Se­ries events for the 2018-2019 sea­son. In a nut­shell that means a US$4 mil­lion prize fund in­crease to $7 mil­lion. That should trans­late to an even stronger field for the Jan­uary 16 to 19 Desert Swing opener.

Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion, Ry­der Cup rookie sen­sa­tion, and cur­rent Race to Dubai ti­tle chal­lenger Tommy Fleet­wood is back to head­line the event on Wed­nes­day. Also tee­ing off is the for­mer world No.1 Dustin John­son and cur­rent world No. 1 Brooks Koepka. That’s three of the cur­rent top play­ers on the planet, all mak­ing their way to the cap­i­tal, with more an­nounce­ments to come.

THE CHAM­PI­ONSHIP HAS BE­COME SOME­THING OF AN IN­STI­TU­TION IN ABU DHABI

Tommy Fleet­wood

Dustin John­son

Brooks Koepka

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