The Desert Swing is back with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA hosting the European Tour’s first Rolex Series event of the year. With a stellar field and plenty of fun to be had off the course, we give you five key reasons to head to Abu Dhabi Golf Club this weekend.
The official hashtag of the tournament is spot-on with eight Major winners teeing it up at the tournament with World No.1 Brooks Koepka taking centre stage in his third appearance in the capital. The four-time Major winner is in elite company with former Masters Tournament champions Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett and Charl Schwartzel all taking on the iconic National Course along with current Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry, who is joined by former Claret Jug winners Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuzien. Former U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer completes the list of Major winners as he looks to get his hands on the famous Falcon trophy for the fourth time. World Number Six Patrick Cantlay is also a man to keep an eye on as he makes his European Tour debut while fan favourites Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Rafa Cabrera Bello make their first starts of the 2020 season.
Local golfers in action
Joining the biggest names in the golfing world will be two local boys in the shape of the UAE’s Ahmad Skaik and Dubai-based sensation Josh Hill. Both players will be making their European Tour debut this week after sealing their spot through last month’s Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship with Hill winning the event by one stroke and Skaik finishing as the leading player from the UAE. Hill, a World Record holder as the youngest winner of an Official World Golf Ranking event, will be playing with former Masters champion Schwartzel and Austrian Matthias Schwab for the first two days of the tournament while Skaik lines up next to English duo Richard Bland and Graeme Storm.
Free entry for under 18s
You don’t have to break the bank to come and watch some of the world’s greatest golfers with tickets only costing 50AED for each day of the tournament while under 18s get access to the event free of charge! Season passes for the event are also available to purchase with access to all four days to the tournament only costing 100AED – that’s just 25AED per day to catch some of the greatest stars in the game! There is also free entry to HSBC customers with Jade and Black Credit Card customers able to obtain six free tickets, Premier customers four tickets, Advance customers three tickets, while other HSBC debit and credit cardholders can get their hands on two free tickets.
Be one of the first to test the new Callaway MAVRIK driver
Callaway Mavrik 😍
— Worldwide Golf (@WorldwideGolf) January 14, 2020
Callaway’s latest offering, the MAVRIK, is being launched at the tournament his week and fans coming to watch the action can be among the first to test out the new club – trust us, you will be impressed! The Precision Golf team is located in the HSBC Fan Village, offering amateur golfers a chance to be custom fitted for what us sure to be one of the hottest drivers on tour this season.
Fun to be had for the whole family
— Golf Trick Shot Boys (@GolfTrickBoys) January 14, 2020
It’s not just golf fans who can enjoy the action at Abu Dhabi Golf Club this weekend. The HSBC Fan Village has something for everyone with a host of food trucks serving an array of international dishes from Nashville fried chicken to Bao buns and Lebanese chicken shawarma. If gaming is your thing then check out the inaugural eTour event where competitors from around the globe will go head-to-head in the leading online and mobile golf game, World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf, to compete for an incredible $10,000 prize. The Golf Trickshot Boys will also be performing daily shows as they wow guests with their incredible skills while live music from different bands each day is guaranteed to get you dancing after the golfing action has finished.