What to expect at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

European tour Golf is back and it starts at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this weekend. With so many stars in attendance, what can we expect from this week?

The European Tour starts its 44-round season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and it is also the first tournament out of four this season, to host a Rolex Series event. 

The big stars in attendance 

The first European Tour event brings a whole host of golfing stars to Abu Dhabi. There are a total of 9 major winners including the three-time winner of the event Martin Kaymer. 

Alongside the three-time winner are major champions Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and European Ryder Cup Captain Pádraig Harrington.

Ryder Cup points up for grabs

As 2021 is a Ryder Cup year, players will be competing for points for a chance to play at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. 

Players have not been able to earn points since the Comercial Bank Qatar Masters in March 2020.

As per the revised qualification criteria, all points earned on both the European and World Points list will be multiplied by 1.5 until May 9. All points earned from May 12 to September 12 will be multiplied by two.

Lee Westwood Defends

With many past champions in the field, Lee Westwood is the current defending champion and is hoping to emulate fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (2017, 2018) in defending his trophy. 

Westwood is the current Europen number 1 after being crowned Race to Dubai champion in December – 20 years after being named European number 1 for the first time. 

With many English stars in great form, Westwood has an uphill task to defend his title. He also has the likes of Justin Thomas, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Mathew Fitzpatrick, Romain Langasque, Laurie Canter all will fancy there chances in their current form.

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