European Tour stalwart Henrik Stenson has confirmed his participation in next months Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Swede has endured a tough 2018 results wise, missing out on any personal silverware apart from a memorable Ryder Cup for Team Europe at Le Golf National.
Stenson will hope to turn that around in at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he has fond memories, twice having finished runner-up. There will be some stiff competition though, as defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, world number three Dustin Johnson and three-time major winner Brooks Koepka are part of the star-studded line-up.
“I can’t wait to return to Abu Dhabi for one of my favourite tournaments of the year,” the world number 25 told europeantour.com.
“It’s cool to have played in every edition of this tournament and experienced first-hand its growth into one of the biggest events on the European Tour with the strongest field in the Middle East.
“I’ve finished second a couple of times before and have really vivid memories of shooting 62 and breaking the course record in 2006, but eventually losing out to American Chris DiMarco.
“I really want my name on that Falcon Trophy and hopefully that’s going to change next January, although I’m sure there are a few players, including Brooks, Dustin and Tommy, who will have something to say about that!”
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.
Syme donated his prize money to charity.
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The Northern Irishman is ranked number one in the world.
Players entering the United States will face a 14-day quarantine period, while a strict testing regime will be in place at each tournament.
The experienced duo will be involved at Whistling Straits.
The world number 98 intends to split the 10,000 euros prize money between his own charity and a hospital in his native Rotterdam.