Golf News: At the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, world No. 2 Collin Morikawa and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will make their maiden appearances on the 2017 DP World Tour season.
Morikawa will enter fresh off being the first American to win the DP World Tour season-long standings, after winning the DP World Tour Championship to cap off a memorable 2021 season that included triumphs at the WGC-Workday Championship and The Open.
The 24-year-old was in a tight struggle with McIlroy during the season finale at Jumeriah Golf Estates, and the two are set to do battle again at the Rolex Series event at Yas Links Abu Dhabi from January 20-23.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Middle East and competing in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the first time,” Morikawa said. “I’ve heard fantastic things about the event, and it always draws a world-class field, but I know this year will be extra special because it will be held for the first time at Yas Links.”
“It’s a course that I know is very popular among the players from previous Pro-Ams there, and I’m looking forward to starting my season as the reigning DP World Tour Rankings Champion there.”
The following week, Morikawa will compete in the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, while McIlroy will begin his DP World Tour campaign at an event where he has finished runner-up four times and third four times without winning.
“I have many fond memories of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and I am looking forward to kicking off my year in this fantastic event,” McIlroy said. “Yas Links is a beautiful course that will present a new challenge for all golfers while still being enjoyable.”
“Obviously, I’ve come close a few times in the past in this event, and I’m hoping to be in contention for the trophy for the first time on Sunday.”
After a four-shot victory in 2021, Tyrrell Hatton is the reigning champion, with Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, and Tommy Fleetwood among the other recent winners in Abu Dhabi.
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