Golf: International Ryder Cup stars to descend on Abu Dhabi
Dubai: European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington has actually confirmed his participation in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the very first Rolex Series occasion of the 2021 European Tour Race to Dubai season, when international golf returns to Abu Dhabi Golf Club from January 21-24.
The Irishman signs up with Major champions Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett in the world-class field, as the distinguished competition reboots the European Points List for players targeting credentials at this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
World No. 10 Tyrrell Hatton and 2020 DP World Trip Championship champion Matthew Fitzpatrick are the most recent global stars confirmed to tee it up in the UAE, alongside Ryder Cup heroes Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, triumphant 2018 European Captain Thomas Bjorn and defending champ Lee Westwood.
The certification process for golf’s greatest team event resumed with the World Points List at the Sentry Competition of Champions on the PGA TOUR recently, while next week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion will reboot the European Points List. The credentials duration will conclude at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, the 3rd Rolex Series event of the season, on September 12, 2021.
The 12-man European group will comprise the first 4 gamers from the European points list, followed by the leading 5 gamers from the World points list. Captain Harrington then has 3 wild-card picks to complete his line-up, a choice which will be revealed in the week after the 2021 PGA Championship.
” I’m excited to return to competitive golf at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion,” Harrington said. “It’s obviously a tournament which has actually constantly been extremely important to the European Tour, specifically now forming part of the Rolex Series, so there is no better location for us to restart certification for our European Points List as gamers contend to represent Group Europe at the Ryder Cup.”
Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, kept in mind: “We are happy to welcome what is really an international field of stars to our acclaimed Champion. Abu Dhabi is renowned for showcasing world-class sporting occasions and we are delighted to witness another great champion to begin an amazing year of sport in the UAE.”
Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC UAE, commented: “The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is one of golf’s premium competitions with an unwavering capability to attract the world’s best golf enthusiasts. Together our ambition is to come back stronger in 2021 and this star-studded field will help to influence the next generation to always aim to be the finest.”
Comparable to the procedure for The 2018 Ryder Cup, certification points will not be available anywhere in the world from a tournament played opposite a Rolex Series event– excluding Difficulty Trip competitions– nor from the 2021 Guy’s Olympic Golf Tournament. Fleetwood, who made his Ryder Cup launching at Le Golf National in 2018, currently leads the European Points list while Hatton, who also made his very first Ryder Cup look in Paris, is presently the very first qualifier from the World Points List. First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion is hosted at the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the 16th successive year from January 21-24, 2021, with a prize fund of $8 million (Dhs 29.3 million) and 8,000 Race to Dubai points available.