Tuesday, 19 January 2016
A view of the ninth green and the clubhouse early in the morning during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship  (Getty Images)
A view of the ninth green and the clubhouse early in the morning during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Getty Images)

As the European returns to the Middle-East for the 2016 Desert Swing we look ahead to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by crunching the numbers associated with this week’s star studded field.

In the field, there are:

8 Major Champions with 16 titles combined
Rory McIlroy (4)
Ernie Els (4)
Jordan Spieth (2)
Martin Kaymer (2)
Darren Clarke (1)
Trevor Immelman (1)
Mike Weir (1)
Paul Lawrie (1)

87 European Tour winners in field

6 European Number Ones
Rory McIlroy (2012, 2014, 2015)
Lee Westwood (2000, 2009)
Ernie Els (2003, 2004)
Henrick Stenson (2013)
Martin Kaymer (2010)
Robert Karlsson (2008)

5 World Number Ones
Jordan Spieth
Rory McIlroy
Lee Westwood
Martin Kaymer
Ernie Els

4 of the top 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking
Jordan Spieth (1)
Rory McIlroy (3)
Henrik Stenson (5)
Rickie Fowler (6)

3 winners from the 2016 European Tour season
Nathan Holman (Australian PGA Championship)
Brandon Stone ( BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni)
Hayden Porteous (Joburg Open)



19 Ryder Cup Players
Rory McIlroy (Europe)
Jordan Spieth (USA)
Henrick Stenson (Europe)
Rickie Fowler (USA)
Martin Kaymer (Europe)
Lee Westwood (Europe)
Robert Karlsson (Europe)
Darren Clarke (Europe)
Victor Dubuisson (Europe)
Oliver Wilson (Europe)
Ross Fisher (Europe)
Stephen Gallacher (Europe)
Thomas Bjorn (Europe)
Ian Poulter (Europe)
David Howell (Europe)
Peter Hanson (Europe)
Nicolas Colsaerts (Europe)
Paul Lawrie (Europe)
Niclas Fasth (Europe)

545th European Tour start for David Howell

2nd European Tour start for current U.S. Amateur Champion, Bryson DeChambeau

4 former winners of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Martin Kaymer (2008, 2010, 2011)
Gary Stal (2015)
Pablo Larrazabal (2014)
Robert Rock (2012)

 

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FOWLER, RickieUSA18-16
2PIETERS, ThomasBEL18-15
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-14
T3MCILROY, RoryNIR18-14
T5SIEM, MarcelGER18-11
T5SPIETH, JordanUSA18-11

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