Friday, 19 March 2010

FACTS ABOUT THE ABU DHABI GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

The European Tour International Schedule will visit Abu Dhabi for the first time and will be the 36th destination  in total to have hosted a European Tour event. Here is a full list of the 36 destinations

COUNTRY & YEAR OF FIRST EVENT
Abu Dhabi  2006
Argentina  2001
Australia  1996
Austria  1990
Belgium  1978
Brazil  2000
China  2002
Czech Republic 1994
Denmark  2003
Dubai  1989
England  1972
France  1972
Germany  1972
Indonesia  2005
Ireland  1972
Italy  1972
Malaysia  1999
Monte Carlo  1984
Morocco  1987
Netherlands 1972
New Zealand 2005
Philipines 1995
Portugal  1973
Qatar  1998
Russia  2003
Scotland  1972
Singapore 1993
South Africa 1995
Spain  1972
Sweden  1973
Switzerland 1972
Taiwan  2000
Thailand  1992
Tunisia  1982
United States 1999
Wales  1973

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship will be the 25th European Tour event to be played in the Gulf- - 16 Dubai Desert Classics’ (between 1989-2005) and eight Qatar Masters (between 1998-2005).

The field contains three Major Champions, John Daly, Paul Lawrie and Vijay Singh, with six Majors between them.

The field also contains 72 players who have won on The European Tour International Schedule, with a total of 206 European Tour titles between them.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is the sixth Order of Merit event on the 2006 Schedule and includes 19 players who were victorious on The 2005 European Tour International Schedule.

Within the field,  nine players have already claimed a title in the Gulf – they are: Thomas Björn (2001 (Dubai Desert Classic), Andrew Coltart (1998 Qatar Masters), Robert-Jan Derksen (2003 Dubai Desert Classic), Darren Fichardt (2003 (Qatar Masters), Richard Green (1997 Dubai Desert Classic),  Joakim Haeggman (2004 Qatar Masters), David Howell (1999 Dubai Desert Classic), Paul Lawrie (1999 Qatar Masters) and Colin Montgomerie (1996 Dubai Desert Classic).

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2STENSON, HenrikSWE18-19
3GARCIA, SergioESP18-18
4GONZALEZ, RicardoARG18-17
5JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-15
T6RANDHAWA, JyotiIND18-13
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