Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the DP World Tour have announced free general admission tickets for all tournament days of the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Yas Island, the opening Rolex Series event of the season from January 20-23.
To celebrate Yas Links Abu Dhabi hosting the 17th edition of the prestigious tournament for the first time, fans will have the opportunity to witness the world class field in person for free, including four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy and recently crowned DP World Tour Number One Collin Morikawa.
The iconic Yas Links course heralds a new chapter for an event which has long been an important fixture on the global golf schedule and continues to bring the game’s biggest stars to world class destinations in the UAE.
Yas Island is Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure, retail and entertainment hub offering a unique blend of stunning views, first-class hospitality and a diverse range of award-winning leisure and entertainment attractions, enhancing the experience for fans, whether they attend in person or watch from around the world.
Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to Yas Links, one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world for the first time, and with free general admission entry available for all tournament days, we cannot wait to showcase our world class facilitates to players and spectators from around the globe.
“Our Championship has a rich history in the UAE, and as we prepare to celebrate the Golden Jubilee, we are excited to see the world’s best golfers in this magnificent setting, and to bring this world-renowned tournament to one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations, Yas Island.”
Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Arab and Emirates Golf Federations alongside Abdulfattah Sharaf, HSBC UAE CEO and Head of International were on hand to hit the ceremonial tee shot at Yas Links Abu Dhabi as the course was officially unveiled to media at Yas Island.
Excited by the new venue, Sharaf said: “Opening up a world of opportunity is in HSBC’s DNA — it’s what we’ve been doing here for our customers for 75 years — and by bringing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to Yas Links for the first time, we mark another milestone on our journey of supporting new visions and new ideas in the UAE.
“The Championship has an unwavering ability to attract the world’s best golfers and we’re thrilled to welcome back Rory McIlroy and to have reigning Open Champion Collin Morikawa make his tournament debut.”
Mohammad Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said: “We are very proud to host the upcoming Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship here on Yas Island and at Yas Links we are excited to bring the DP World Tour’s opening Rolex Series event of 2022 to Yas Island, adding another global event to our exciting world-class sporting calendar.
“We look forward to welcoming the international golfing community and top class field of players will further strengthen our unique vision for Yas Island to be positioned as a key global destination for entertainment, leisure and business.”
Tom Phillips, Head of Middle East for the DP World Tour, added: “We are delighted the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will take centre stage in the UAE at the stunning Yas Links on Yas Island to kick-start back-to-back Rolex Series events. We have been working alongside the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and tournament partner HSBC for a number of years to deliver this prestigious tournament and with a great field shaping up, plus free entry for all golf fans on tournament days, we look forward to another successful staging of this world class event.”
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island will host players and staff, Genesis come on board as the new car sponsor for the tournament along with DP World Tour Partners Fortinet and Zoom joining the tournament for the first time.
First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has built a strong legacy in the Middle East, and the move to Yas Island highlights Abu Dhabi as an international sports hub. As well as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the season ending F1 Championship and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are also taking residency at the world-class location.
Free admission tickets are available via Ticketmaster.