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McDowell, Poulter and Bjorn to join Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

The championship was renamed in May followed a partnership deal with Emirates Global Aluminium

McDowell, Poulter and Bjorn to join Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Ian Poulter of England tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 24 2016 in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Golfing heavyweights Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Thomas Bjorn will be returning for the 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, presented by Emirates Global Aluminium.

The trio join 2017 European Tour prize money winner and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, as well as four-time major winner Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and 2016 Open champion, Olympic silver medallist Henrik Stenson, American Ryder Cup star Matt Kuchar and two-time championship winner Paul Casey.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which launches the Desert Swing part of the European Tour every January, was renamed last May following a partnership deal with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA).

EGA, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, said in a statement that the tournament, held at the showpiece Abu Dhabi Golf Club, will now be known as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

The deal means that EGA is now backing both key UAE championships on the early-start Desert Swing – the other being the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, it added.

The 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Presented by EGA will run from January 18-21 with a $2.7 million prize purse.

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