Tiger, Luke and Rory teaming up
World No 1 Luke Donald will play his first two rounds in Abu Dhabi this week with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Tiger Woods will play his first two rounds in Abu Dhabi this week with World No 1 Luke Donald and World No 3 Rory McIlroy.
The former Long-time World No 1, who is now the World No 25, is making his debut in the Gulf state this week, having opted to play here ahead of the Farmers Insurance Open, this week’s US PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines which he has won no fewer than six times.
Woods will take on the world’s top four players in Abu Dhabi with No 2 Lee Westwood and No 4 Martin Kaymer teeing it up together alongside Sergio Garcia, who produced a stunning return to form with back-to-back victories in Spain last October.
Kaymer is the defending champion and is something of a course specialist having won on three of his previous four visits to Abu Dhabi.
Last year he thrashed the field by a stunning eight shots.
Other notable groups see Darren Clarke, Jason Day and Alvaro Quiros playing together and Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel and Thomas Bjorn teaming up.
First round tee-off times in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship:
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, all times Local)
Starting at hole 1
0720 Stuart Fee, Alex Cejka (Ger), Marc Warren
0730 Jamie Donaldson, Marcus Fraser (Aus), Richard Green (Aus)
0740 Matthew Zions (Aus), Rhys Davies, Simon Khan
0750 Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Andrew Dodt (Aus), Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind)
0800 Carlos del Moral (Spa), George Murray, Gary Boyd
0810 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Oliver Fisher, David Horsey
0820 Peter Lawrie, Lee Slattery, Shane Lowry
0830 Michael Campbell (Nzl), Christian Cevaer (Fra), Richard S Johnson (Swe)
0840 Jbe Kruger (Rsa), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Romain Wattel (Fra)
0850 Stephen Gallacher, Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Wen-chong Liang (Chn)
0900 Phillip Price, Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Jamie Elson
1135 Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg), Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Soren Hansen (Den)
1145 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Peter Hanson (Swe)
1155 Graeme McDowell, Simon Dyson, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)
1205 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia (Spa)
1215 Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Thomas Bjorn (Den)
1225 Branden Grace (Rsa), Alexander Noren (Swe), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa)
1235 Ross Fisher, George Coetzee (Rsa), Ben Curtis (USA)
1245 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), Robert Rock, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita)
1255 Richie Ramsay, Mark Foster, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe)
1305 Robert Coles, James Kingston (Rsa), Bradley Dredge
1315 Danny Willett, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa), Chris Wood
Starting at hole 10
0720 Tommy Fleetwood, Gareth Maybin, Niclas Fasth (Swe)
0730 Francesco Molinari (Ita), K J Choi (Kor), Robert Karlsson (Swe)
0740 Luke Donald, Tiger Woods (USA), Rory McIlroy
0750 Darren Clarke, Jason Day (Aus), Alvaro Quiros (Spa)
0800 Anders Hansen (Den), Matteo Manassero (Ita), Colin Montgomerie
0810 Michael Hoey, Tom Lewis, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa)
0820 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Joost Luiten (Ned), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
0830 Gregory Havret (Fra), Peter Hedblom (Swe), Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa)
0840 Martin Wiegele (Aut), Tano Goya (Arg), Richard Finch
0850 Damien McGrane, Michael Jonzon (Swe), Richard McEvoy
1140 Marcel Siem (Ger), Steve Webster, Victor Dubuisson (Fra)
1150 Oscar Floren (Swe), Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Scott Jamieson
1200 Joel Sjoholm (Swe), David Drysdale, David Howell
1210 Graeme Storm, Peter Whiteford, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned)
1220 Hennie Otto (Rsa), Pablo Martin (Spa), Thomas Aiken (Rsa)
1230 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra), Christian Nilsson (Swe), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
1240 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), David Lynn, Sam Little
1250 James Morrison, Johan Edfors (Swe), Paul Lawrie
1300 Todd Hamilton (USA), Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Kenneth Ferrie
1310 Anthony Wall, Markus Brier (Aut), Brett Rumford (Aus)
1320 Ahmed Al Musharrekh (UAE), Michiel Bothma (Rsa), Keith Horne (Rsa)
Team USA captain Steve Stricker tells fans not to ‘cross the line’ at Ryder Cup
Europe’s Rory McIlroy had to ask for a man to be removed for being abusive the last time the contest took place in America.
I’m always up for the Ryder Cup, says Sergio Garcia
The Spaniard is set to play in the event for a 10th time.
Padraig Harrington hopes the numbers add up and inspire Europe to an away win
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy believes retaining the trophy would be a “monumental achievement.”
‘It’s not comfortable’ being a pantomime villain, admits Bryson DeChambeau
The 2020 US Open champion has been involved in a long-running feud with Ryder Cup team-mate Brooks Koepka.
Steve Stricker has no worries over Brooks Koepka ahead of the Ryder Cup
In an interview last week the four-time major champion said he finds the biennial event “tough, hectic and a bit odd”.
Shane Lowry keen for battle since watching Padraig Harrington at 2006 Ryder Cup
Fifteen years on he will be part of the European team attempting to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits.
Matt Fitzpatrick relishing hostile atmosphere awaiting Team Europe at Ryder Cup
The Sheffield-born player was just 22 during the last away contest at Hazeltine in 2016.
Vice-captain Graeme McDowell still has hopes of playing in another Ryder Cup
The Northern Irishman will be part of Europe’s bid to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits later this month.
Fleetwood ready to become villain of the piece as Europe bid to retain Ryder Cup
With coronavirus travel restrictions preventing large numbers of fans travelling, Padraig Harrington’s side are braced for a one-sided atmosphere.