Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods set for Abu Dhabi clash

Both golfers will compete for US$2.7m prize at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January
World number one golfer Rory McIlroy and former golfing champ Tiger Woods will head the lineup at the eighth annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
By Shane McGinley
Thu 18 Oct 2012 11:03 AM

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy and former champ Tiger Woods will head the lineup at the eighth annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January next year, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority confirmed.

McIlroy and Woods will appear at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club event, which takes place from January 17 to 20 and will be among those to compete for the US$2.7m prize purse.

"Confirming Rory and Tiger, the world's top two players and a duo with well-documented respect and admiration for each other's talents, represents a significant coup and demonstrates how far the championship has come in its relatively short history," said Faisal Al Sheikh, event manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the championship's organiser.

"Rory and Tiger are true giants of the game and represent only our opening salvo - we are actively working to bring another world-class field to Abu Dhabi and further player announcements will be made in coming weeks," he added.

"This will be the first time I've headed to Abu Dhabi as world number one and I'm determined to keep the wins coming and cement my ranking. The strength of the field means there will be a tonne of world ranking points on offer, so Abu Dhabi will be a really significant tournament that sets the tone for the year,” McIlroy said.

“I had a great tussle with Tiger nine months ago and I'm sure he'll be in contention again. We've spent a lot of time playing together this year and it's always fun challenging the best,” he added.

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