Emirates News Agency – Defending champion Hatton joined on Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field by Fleetwood, Lowry and Westwood

ABU DHABI, January 8, 2022 (WAM) – Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton will be joined at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi by former winners Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood as the last star players to arrive on the island of Yas for the opening Rolex. Series event for the 2022 season of the DP World Tour, January 20-23.

The quartet will be joined at Yas Links Abu Dhabi by their Ryder Cup teammates Viktor Hovland, Ian Poulter and Bernd Wiesberger and their 2020 captain Pádraig Harrington. Former Masters champions Adam Scott and Danny Willett are also returning to the Emirate, with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson looking to add another desert win to his impressive resume.

Hatton became just the second player to win four Rolex Series titles after a flawless performance in Abu Dhabi last year that saw him reverse the lead of quadruple major champion Rory McIlroy to claim a four-way victory. blows.

The world number 22 will defend the prestigious Falcon Trophy at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, where Northern Irishman McIlroy will start his 2022 season and recently crowned number one in the DP World Tour and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa will make his HSBC championship debut. ‘Abu Dhabi. – the duo having already engaged in consecutive events in the United Arab Emirates.

“Abu Dhabi was a crucial victory for me in January,” said Hatton, a two-time Ryder Cup player. “It was my sixth Tour victory, and I was incredibly proud to join such an illustrious roster of champions. It was without a doubt the perfect start to my 2021 season.

“I’m delighted to be defending my trophy at Yas Links Abu Dhabi. It’s great to be at a new world class venue and I know it’s going to be a fantastic week with stellar terrain.”

“I always enjoy starting my season at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi and this is reflected in my results over the years,” said two-time winner Fleetwood. “It should be a great week at Yas Links which is a great place worthy of an event of this magnitude.”

Lowry added: “I’m really looking forward to restarting my season in Abu Dhabi. Obviously I have very fond memories of this event and there is always a great atmosphere as the year starts with great weather, a strong field. and a lively atmosphere among the fans. “

“I can’t wait to get to Yas Links as it is hosting the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship for the first time,” said Westwood, two-time Rolex Series winner. hope that, with the memories of my winning in Abu Dhabi in 2020, can help me put in a strong performance and put me in contention on Sunday. “

Scott, the 2013 Masters Tournament champion, has also confirmed his return to Abu Dhabi, making his first appearance at the tournament since 2008. The 41-year-old will take part in the 17th edition of the event as he moves to the one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations in Abu Dhabi.

The former world number one is an 11-time Tour winner, having won multiple titles in the Middle East and most recently winning the Australian PGA Championship, but his biggest victory to date came nine years ago at Augusta National . He birdied the 72nd hole to force a play-off with 2009 champion Angel Cabrera before birding the extra second hole to become the first Australian to wear the coveted green jacket.

Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome back our defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, as well as our latest tournament winners Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood to the 17th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“As we move our prestigious championship to Yas Island for the first time, we look forward to showcasing the magnificent Yas Links golf course, the incredible facilities on offer for players and spectators, as well as the star field of golfers. world class kicking off an exciting year of sport in the United Arab Emirates. “

Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC UAE and Head of International, said: “Such a peloton of the world’s best golfers makes it clear that the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship is one of the most international sporting events in the world. the region. And bringing the tournament to Yas Links for the first time marks another step in our journey of supporting new visions and ideas in the United Arab Emirates, where we have been opening up a world of opportunity for our clients for 75 years. “

Yas Island is Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure, retail and entertainment center offering a unique blend of breathtaking views, first-class hospitality and a diverse range of award-winning leisure and entertainment attractions. , enhancing the experience for fans, whether they attend in person or watch from around the world.

First held in 2006, the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship has built a strong legacy in the Middle East, and the move to Yas Island highlights Abu Dhabi as an international sports center. In addition to the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship, the end-of-season F1 Championship and the Ultimate Fighting Championship will also take place at this world-class venue.

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