World number two Collin Morikawa and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will start their 2022 DP World Tour season at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi in January. Morikawa, 24, who won this year’s British Open, finished the season as number one on the European Tour and closed a year to remember with a victory in the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday.
The European Tour announced earlier this month that it will be renamed DP World Tour from next year following a partnership with the UAE-based logistics company. The Abu Dhabi Championship has already been held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club for 16 consecutive years, but will move to Yas Links Abu Dhabi next year and run from January 20-23.
“I can’t wait to return to the Middle East and compete in the Abu Dhabi Championship for the first time,” Morikawa said on the European Tour website. “I’ve heard great things about the event and it always attracts a world class bunch year after year, but I know this year will be very special at Yas Links for the first time.”
McIlroy, who ended his 2021 campaign with a tied sixth place at the DP World Championship, will continue his quest for a maiden victory in Abu Dhabi, where he has finished fourth on four occasions. “I have many happy memories of the Abu Dhabi championship and once again look forward to starting my year in this wonderful tournament,” said McIlroy.
“I have come close to this event several times in the past, and I hope I have a chance to win this trophy for the first time on Sunday.”
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