Ryan Fox has teed off in the first round of his year, back on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Yas Island, internationally renowned for its famous attractions, diverse experiences, luxury hotels and exceptional restaurants can now add another string to its bow as a top-notch golfing destination ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Following news from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the DP World Tour at the end of 2021 that the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is to be held on Yas Island for the first time, the team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi have been working hard ever since to ensure the course is in pristine condition. Therefore, opening a new chapter in the prestigious tournament’s history.
As not only the first of the calendar season but being a Rolex Series event with an $8m prize fund makes this is one of the highest calibre tournaments on the DP World Tour International Schedule, ensuring that this year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is one of the season’s unmissable tournaments.
Fox sounded excited early in the week posting on his socila media that he was happy to be back on the DP World Tour after a decent break at home and that the Yas Island course was going to be a challenge.
Fox has started slowly with just a birdie on the opening hole to be at 1-under after 5 holes.
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Matthew Waters, Group Director of Golf at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Yas Links Abu Dhabi & Yas Acres Golf & Country Club, is well versed in hosting large scale events at Troon venues.
“We are incredibly excited to be hosting the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Yas Island for the first time. With the tournament due to start tomorrow, we are delighted with the feedback from the players, caddies and coaches and it is a testament to the hard work from the whole team here at Troon, who have ensured the course and facility is championship ready.”
By moving to one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations in the Middle East confirms Yas Links Abu Dhabi’s offering as not only a unique location for first-class hospitality but also underlines how the Kyle Phillips designed course is one of the very best in the world.
Having recently been voted number one in the region, the team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi have worked hard to make sure that not only the players competing but also those fans visiting will enjoy the very best experience.
Golf Course Manager, Corey Finn said they were all ready for an action-packed weekend of top golfing action.
“Set alongside the water’s edge, against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf, players from the DP World Tour will face some real challenges, particularly if the wind gets up in the afternoon. How the players will deal with the course’s signature finishing holes on 16, 17 and 18 will be fascinating, as they are regarded as one of the toughest trios here in the UAE,” Finn said.
“The last eight to twelve weeks, we’ve worked hard as a team to ensure that the course is playing as a true links. We’ve had team members from the Troon cluster join us from Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Acres, as well as international volunteers, for which I am incredibly grateful. As such, I am confident Yas Links Abu Dhabi will deliver this weekend and it will give the players that variety of being able to play a whole range of shots, relying on their skill and creativity.”
Yas Island is now home to many of the capital’s main tourist attractions, including Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World.