The first Rolex Series event of 2020 - the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - takes place on the European Tour this week. The annual opening leg of the 'Desert Swing' has attracted an impressive field with 132 players ready to slug it out for a winner's share of a $7M purse and 7,000 Race to Dubai points.
To help whet your appetite for the full four days of play at Abu Dhabi Golf Club we've selected our very own collection of Six Golfers to Watch. Check out what we've come up with...
Fresh from a solid showing at last week's South African Open, Louis Oosthuizen arrives this week in great form and ready to challenge for his first victory since 2018.
He made very few mistakes when finishing runner-up up to compatriot Branden Grace in Sun City and has been playing solidly for some time now. Every chance he could challenge at the head of affairs.
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If there were ever an identikit winner of this particular event, Tommy Fleetwood is that man. With wins in both 2017 and 2018, he now comes seeking the hat-trick with impressive form on his side. Last time out he posted a T-2 at the European Tour finale in Dubai back in November, while he prevailed in a playoff at the Nedbank Golf Challenge the previous week.
We like the Englishman's chances this week. In the meantime, check out his 2018 final round highlights below...
Erik Van Rooyen
The big South African has a January start under his belt already and will have blown away the cobwebs ready for a real tilt at grabbing his second European Tour title. He enjoys a test in the wind and could be a dark horse in this week's field.
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Another player who enjoys playing at courses around the Middle East is Danny Willett, and he seems to have rediscovered his mojo.
Now that he has recovered from a lowly 462nd in the world to a spot within the top-30 once again, the 2016 Masters champion will have his sights firmly set on posting a strong 2019. A win in Abu Dhabi would be the ideal way to kick things off.
Catch Danny's winning highlights from last year's BMW PGA Championship below...
Matt Fitzpatrick rounds off a trio of Englishmen in our 'Super Six' this week. Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a venue where Matt feels comfortable, and he came close to a course record during his third round back in 2018.
Without a win now since the Omega Masters back in 2018, it seems to us that he's overdue a return to the winner's circle.
Last, but by no means least, we have the current world number one Brooks Koepka who arrives at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for his first competitive action since withdrawing at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges back in October.
The knee injury that sidelined the four-time major winner seems to have settled and the time away from the game has amplified his love for competitive play. Despite pretty poor form in this tournament over the years, a reinvigorated Brooks Koepka can only be a threat to every golfer this week in UAE.
Is Brooks the best player in the world? Catch The Golf Channel's discussion below...
Who is your winner this week in Abu Dhabi? Let us know in the comments below.
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