Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Dubai Desert Classic 2017 dates announced
• 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, January 19-22
• 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, February 2-5
The European Tour announced part of its 2017 schedule on Monday, including the dates for the two early-season UAE tournaments.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship will be the third official tournament of the season, after events in Australia in December and South Africa in mid-January. The tournament, held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, is set to run from January 19-22.
The tour will then visit Qatar for a January 26-29 event in Doha before returning to the UAE to complete the “Desert Swing” on the tour’s calendar with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic from February 2-5. It will be the 28th edition of the tournament held at Emirates Golf Club.
The current European Tour season will conclude in two months with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 17-20.
As for the rest of next season’s schedule, in a release the European Tour’s chief operating officer Keith Waters said, “In keeping with recent tradition, we unveil the schedule in its entirety during the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November.”
Rickie Fowler memorably won last season’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, edging out a slew of big names who were in contention on the final day, including Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson at two strokes back, and runner-up Thomas Pieters, recently named to the European Ryder Cup team, by one stroke. Jordan Spieth also placed among the top five.
Masters champion Danny Willett preceded his run at Augusta National by storming to win the Dubai Desert Classic, as well. He bested Rafa Cabrera-Bello, also named to this year’s European Ryder Cup team, and Andy Sullivan by a stroke. McIlroy and Stenson were again in contention, both four strokes back.
Waters, in the European Tour release, said, “The initial sector of the 2017 European Tour International Schedule once again reflects the global nature of the European Tour, taking in ten different countries over the first five months of the season.”
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Published: September 5, 2016 04:00 AM