Rory McIlroy is not any stranger to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
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Dubai: Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, each Main Champions and Ryder Cup superstars, have confirmed their participation on the 16th version of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship from January 21-24, 2021.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will mark the primary Rolex Collection occasion on the 2021 Race to Dubai, with a world-class worldwide area set to assemble on the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Membership.

McIlroy, the present world No. 4, can be seeking to begin the yr off on a excessive word when he returns to Abu Dhabi for the primary time since 2018. The Northern Irishman has completed second on 4 events in his quest to raise the Falcon Trophy and can be hoping he can go one higher when he returns in January.

“I’m wanting ahead to coming again to Abu Dhabi,” McIlroy stated. “It’s all the time an ideal occasion for the gamers and it’s the proper place for me to start out the 2021 season. Abu Dhabi Golf Membership is a world-class golf course, one which I’ve come near profitable on a number of occasions through the years, so hopefully I can do properly once more and be proper up there contending come Sunday.”

World No. three Thomas, who lately recorded his finest end result at Augusta Nationwide when he completed fourth on the Masters Event, will make his debut within the Center East on the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The 27-year-old has change into a prolific winner on the worldwide golf stage with 13 victories to his identify, his most up-to-date coming on the 2020 WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, and can make his third Rolex Collection look having beforehand teed it up in France and Scotland.

“I’m excited to play for the primary time in Abu Dhabi,” Thomas stated. “I’ve heard actually nice issues concerning the course and with it being the primary Rolex Collection match of the yr, I’m positive it will ship a robust area. I take pleasure in new challenges, I like taking part in totally different golf programs around the globe, and competing in opposition to one of the best gamers within the recreation, so in fact I’ve my eye on making an attempt to take dwelling the Falcon Trophy.”

Aref Al Awani, Normal Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports activities Council, stated: “We’re delighted to welcome again Rory McIlroy to Abu Dhabi for our award-winning Championship and we’re thrilled to host Justin Thomas for the primary time as he makes his debut within the UAE at this prestigious match. Abu Dhabi is a world capital of world sport and the presence of gamers corresponding to these solely strengthens that place and reinforces our esteemed popularity.”

Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC UAE, commented: “The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is one in all golf’s premium tournaments with an unwavering capacity to draw the world’s finest gamers. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are two of golf’s most fun superstars, and can assist the occasion proceed to play its very important position in shaping the way forward for golf within the area by inspiring the subsequent technology.”

First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is hosted on the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Membership for the 16th consecutive yr from January 21-24, 2021.

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