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World's best to assemble for 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Filed on November 26, 2019
Shane Lowry will head a strong field of golfers who will be vying for top honours early next year. - AFP

Scheduled to take place between Jan. 16-19, the tournament is the first of eight Rolex Series events on the 2020 European Tour international calendar.

Golf fans in the UAE have a treat in store with some of the world's leading superstars including defending champion Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Bryson DeChambeau confirming their participation at the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. Scheduled to take place between Jan. 16-19, the tournament is the first of eight Rolex Series events on the 2020 European Tour international calendar, a press release stated.

Lowry will be looking to record back-to-back victories at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club after his thrilling one-shot victory over South African Richard Sterne in January kick-started an unforgettable season for the Irishman. Winless on the Tour since 2015, the Falcon Trophy victory proved to be the turning point for Lowry, who famously went on to clinch his first Major victory in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in July.

Two-time Falcon Trophy champion and 2018 Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood also returns, with the aim of becoming only the second person after Martin Kaymer (2008, 2010, 2011) to win the tournament three times. Fan favourite Fleetwood will be looking to build on his superb play-off victory at Sun City and should feel confident of putting in a strong performance on a course he knows so well, having claimed consecutive victories in 2017 and 2018.

Current World No. 1 and 2018 US PGA Tour Player of the Year, Brooks Koepka, will be looking to start his season off on a high note after three months on the side-line with a knee injury. With former winners Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood also confirmed, Koepka will have to be at his Major-winning best to overcome a field awash with the world's best players.

Former World No. 5, Ian Poulter, finished T-6 at last year's Championship and should feel confident of putting in another strong performance in his fifth consecutive appearance at the tournament. The popular 16-time European Tour winner and Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia, will be making his first appearance at the tournament since 2014.


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