It is the start of a special part of the European Tour calendar. This week we see the start of the Desert Swing and what a field we have! The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club is the first outing of 2018 for many of the world’s best players.
Brooks Koepka will be looking to stamp his authority at the 14th edition of the award-winning event, which takes place 16-19 January 2019, following an exceptional 2018, during which he became a double Major-Champion, reached World Number One and was recognized as the US PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Other stars confirmed for the event are back-to-back winner Tommy Fleetwood, Koepka’s United States Ryder Cup teammate Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.
Keep an eye on them
Players to look out for this week include those already mentioned, of course, but there are some other names to pay attention to. It will be exciting to see Martin Kaymer chase his fourth Abu Dhabi HSBC title as he tees off on Thursday. Danny Willett and Lee Westwood are two others to watch as they should be off to a strong start after winning on the European Tour at the end of last season. The field also includes European Tour Rookie of the Year Shubhankar Sharma.
All Square users out there this week include: Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Nicolas Colsaerts, Raphaël Jacquelin, Benjamin Hebert, Romain Langasque, Brandon Stone, Renato Paratore, Thomas Detry, Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone, Matthieu Pavon, Ricardo Melo Gouveia and Sebastian Soderberg.
Find the full entry list and tee times on the European Tour website.