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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The imposing Falcon clubhouse at Abu Dhabi Golf Club  (Getty Images)
The imposing Falcon clubhouse at Abu Dhabi Golf Club (Getty Images)
Field in Focus: at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

europeantour.com takes a closer look at the field taking to Abu Dhabi GC for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship from January 26-29.

In the field are:


97 European Tour winners

In what is the strongest field ever assembled at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a plethora of European Tour winners will on Thursday take to the links at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Over three quarters, or 97 of the 129 players on show this week in the United Arab Emirates have previously tasted European Tour victory, with European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal – who secured his maiden title at the 1986 European Masters –  the longest-serving European Tour champion in the field, joining the Tour’s most recent victor, South Africa’s Branden Grace, who sealed his place at the first event of the 2012 “Desert Swing” with back-to-back wins at the Joburg Open and last week’s Volvo Golf Champions.

If you were to exclude the Major championships, 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie holds the most amount of European Tour victories of anyone in the field this week in Abu Dhabi, having claimed 31 championships over the course of a stellar career, while star attraction Tiger Woods’ Major-bolstered haul totals a stunning 38 tournament triumphs on The European Tour.


12 Major Championship winners with 28 Major titles


Player
    Wins
    Tournaments
Tiger Woods
     14    

1997 Masters, 1999 US PGA Championship, 2000 US Open Championship, Open Championship, US PGA Championship, 2001 Masters, 2002 Masters, US Open, 2005, Masters, Open Championship, 2006 Open Championship, US PGA Championship, 2007 US PGA Championship, 2008 US Open

Padraig Harrington
     3     2007 Open Championship, 2008 Open Championship, 2008 US PGA Championship
Jose Maria Olazabal
     2    1994 Masters, 1998 Masters
Michael Campbell     1
    2005 US Open Championship
Darren Clarke
     1    2011 Open Championship
Ben Curtis
     1    2003 Open Championship
Graeme McDowell
     1    2010 US Open Championship
Todd Hamilton
     1    2004 Open Championship
Martin Kaymer
     1    2010 US PGA Championship
Paul Lawrie
     1    1999 Open Championship
Rory McIlroy
     1    2011 US Open Championship
Charl Schwartzel
     1    2011 Masters
           

6 players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings

Player
      Ranking
Luke Donald
      1
Lee Westwood
      2
Rory McIlroy
      3
Martin Kaymer
      4
Charl Schwartzel       8
Jason Day
      10


4 World Number Ones

Luke Donald has played custodian to the coveted World Number One spot in the Official Golf World Ranking since his thrilling play-off victory over compatriot Lee Westwood at the 2011 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last May, a stint totalling 34 weeks at the pinnacle of professional golf, while the previous three holders of golf’s top spot are also in residence this week in Abu Dhabi.

Current Number Two Westwood has had two streaks as World Number One, totalling an accumulated 22 weeks as the best-ranked golfer in the world, while Kaymer was World Number One from his runner-up finish at the 2011 WGC –Accenture Match Play Championship until he was usurped by the aforementioned Westwood after 8 weeks, following the Englishman’s victories at the Indonesian Masters and Ballantine’s Championship in the spring of 2011.

Then there is, of course, the inimitable and formidable presence of a certain Tiger Woods, whose 623 week stint as World Number One dwarfs that of any other player in the history of the Official Golf World Ranking.


26 different nationalities represented 
  

ARG        Argentina
        2
AUS        Australia         6
AUT        Austria         3
BEL         Belgium         1
CHN         China        1
DEN        Denmark         5
ENG        England         28
ESP        Spain 
       11
FIN         Finland
        1
FRA        France
       7
GER        Germany         3
IND         India
        2
IRE         Ireland
        4
ITA        Italy         4
NLD         Netherlands
        2
        Northern Ireland
        5
NZL         New Zealand
        1
PAR         Paraguay
        1
RSA        South Africa         10
SCO        Scotland
        9
KOR        South Korea         1
SWE        Sweden         13
THA         Thailand         1
UAE         United Arab Emirates         1
USA         United States         3
WAL
        Wales        4


14 of the top 15 in the 2011 Race to Dubai

Race to Dubai
   Player
1
     Luke Donald
2    Rory McIlroy
3
    Martin Kaymer
4
    Charl Schwartzel
5
    Lee Westwood
6
    Alvaro Quiros
7
    Anders Hansen
8
    Sergio Garcia
9
     Thomas Bjorn
10
     Simon Dyson
11
     Darren Clarke
12
     Miguel Angel Jimenez
13
     Peter Hanson
14
     Alexander Noren


1 former champion

Germany’s Martin Kaymer will be hoping to continue his love affair with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship when he tees it up on Thursday, as the 2010 US PGA Champion will be looking to win the event for the third time in succession, and the fourth time in five years, having also hoisted the trophy in 2008.

If Kaymer was to be successful in retaining the championship then he would join a select band of players to win the same official European Tour event three years in succession. The other players to achieve this feat are: Ian Woosnam (1990-92 Monte Carlo Open), Sir Nick Faldo (1991-93 Irish Open), Colin Montgomerie (1998-2000 PGA Championship), Ernie Els (2002-04 Heineken Classic) and Tiger Woods (2005-07 WGC – Cadillac Championship and WGC – Bridgestone Invitational).


9 of the top 10 in the 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Position
    Player
1
     Martin Kaymer
2    Rory McIlroy
T3
    Graeme McDowell
T5
    David Lynn
T5
    Gareth Maybin
7
    Rafael Cabrera-Bello
T8
    Ricardo Gonzalez
T8
    Francesco Molinari
T8
     Charl Schwartzel


Ryder Cup players and captains

Position
    Player
    Team
1997, 2002
     Thomas Bjorn
    Eur
1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006
    Darren Clarke
    Eur
2004, 2006, 2010
    Luke Donald
    Eur
2002
    Niclas Fasth
    Eur
2010     Ross Fisher
    Eur
1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
    Sergio Garcia
    Eur
2008
    Soren Hansen
    Eur
2010
    Peter Hanson
    Eur
1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
     Padraig Harrington
    Eur
2004, 2006
    David Howell
    Eur
1999, 2004, 2008, 2010
    Miguel Angel Jimenez
    Eur
 2006, 2008
    Robert Karlsson
    Eur
 2010     Martin Kaymer
    Eur
 1999    Paul Lawrie
    Eur
 2008, 2010
     Graeme McDowell
    Eur
 2010    Rory McIlroy
    Eur
 2010    Edoardo Molinari
    Eur
 2010     Francesco Molinari
    Eur
 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 (Capt.)
     Colin Montgomerie
    Eur / Capt.
1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2012 (Capt.)
    Jose Maria Olazabal
    Eur / Capt.
2002
    Phillip Price
    Eur
2006, 2008
    Henrik Stenson
    Eur
 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
    Lee Westwood
    Eur
           
2008
    Ben Curtis
    USA
1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
    Tiger Woods
    USA

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