Morikawa to make HSBC Championship debut in Abu Dhabi alongside McIlroy at Yas Links
New DP World Tour number one Collin Morikawa will make his HSBC Championship debut in Abu Dhabi when the American is joined by four-time winner Major Rory McIlroy at the stunning Yas Links Abu Dhabi for the first Rolex Series event of the DP World Tour 2022. season.
Last month, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council announced that the prestigious tournament will be played for the first time at Yas Links Abu Dhabi on Yas Island from January 20-23, opening a new chapter for an event that has long been part of the golf program world and continues to attract some of the sport’s biggest stars.
Morikawa ended a stellar year with a season-ending victory in the DP World Tour Championship, his first Rolex Series title, and will begin the 2022 campaign as the defending DP World Tour Rankings champion after defeating fellow American Billy Horschel in first place in the race all season.
The world number two had already sealed a first victory at the Open Championship 2021 – his second major victory – in addition to a title at the World Golf Championships at the WGC – Workday Championship at The Concession in February.
“I can’t wait to return to the Middle East and compete in the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship for the first time,” said Morikawa. “I’ve heard great things about the event and it always attracts a world class peloton year after year, but I know this year will be very special at Yas Links for the first time.
“It’s a course which I know is extremely popular among Pro-Am players who have been played there in the past, and I’m delighted to start my season as the defending DP World Tour Rankings champion. the low.”
McIlroy, meanwhile, returns for a 12th appearance as he pursues a debut HSBC Championship victory in Abu Dhabi, having come close on several occasions – the 32-year-old is four second as well as four third.
The four-time Major winner ended his 2021 campaign with a tied sixth place in the season-ending DP World Championship to finish eighth in the season standings.
The Northern Irishman won the CJ Cup @ Summit on the PGA TOUR last month and with Morikawa securing their first victory in the desert, the impressive duo will face off again to kick off their 2022 season in the Middle East.
McIlroy added, “I have many happy memories of the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi and once again look forward to starting my year in this wonderful tournament. Yas Links is a spectacular course and will offer a new challenge, but one that all players will enjoy.
“Obviously I’ve come close a number of times at this event in the past, and I hope I have a chance to win this trophy for the first time on Sunday. “
First held in 2006, the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship has been held at the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club for 16 consecutive years and, having built a strong legacy in the Middle East, the move to the he island of Yas makes Abu Dhabi an international sports center with the season ending with the F1 Championship and the Ultimate Fighting Championship will also take place at this world-class venue.
Yas Island is Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure, retail and entertainment hub, paving the way to support the emirate’s economic vision for 2030. The new location offers a unique mix breathtaking views, first-class hospitality and a diverse range of award-winning leisure and entertainment. attractions, enhancing the experience for fans, whether they attend in person or watch from around the world.
Yas Links Abu Dhabi, designed by Kyle Phillips, opened in 2010 and recently ranked 48th in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Global Course. It also hosted the golf element of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.