Three-time Major Winner Brooks Koepka has announced he will play in the upcoming Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, the first Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai.
Koepka will be looking to stamp his authority at the 14th edition of the award-winning event, which takes place 16-19 January 2019, following an exceptional 2018, during which he became a double Major-Champion, reached World Number One and was recognised as the US PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Other stars confirmed for the event are back-to-back winner Tommy Fleetwood and Koepka’s United States Ryder Cup teammate Dustin Johnson. Both Fleetwood and Johnson confirmed their return to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA last month, reinforcing the elite nature of the tournament’s new Rolex Series status.
Koepka, who came through the European Challenge Tour on his path to the top, said: “I’m very excited to be taking part in this tournament again after such a long time away. I’ve been determined to include it in my schedule as I keep hearing from DJ, Rickie, Jordan and all the American guys what a great time they’ve had in Abu Dhabi.
“I actually remember my last visit really well as it is undoubtedly one of the biggest and best events on the European Tour’s schedule. It always gathers an unbelievable field and the whole set up of the event is amazing along with the perfect weather conditions. I wasn’t surprised at all to hear it had been awarded Rolex Series status and I can’t wait to return to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA in January.”
“Last time I played in 2014, I was ranked 93rd in the world, so a lot has happened since that time! I’m looking forward to returning and hopefully adding my name to the impressive list of champions.”
H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “Brooks Koepka has continued to battle it out for World Number One this season and his participation in our award-winning Championship reinforces its status as the premier golf event in the region. This announcement again underlines our success in creating a spectacular sporting experience for both players and fans at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. We are committed to developing Abu Dhabi into a ‘Global Capital of World Sport’ so for a double 2018 Major Winner to play in one of our set-piece tournaments only emphasises our reputation for hosting the world’s best sporting events.”
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA will for the first time in its history be the opening Rolex Series event of eight in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, and with a prize fund now at US$7million, is one of the premium tournaments on the European Tour.
First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA is being hosted at the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the 14th consecutive year from January 16-19, 2019.
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