Lee Westwood and Tyrrell Hatton on Yas Links in Abu Dhabi
Lee Westwood and Tyrrell Hatton on Yas Links in Abu Dhabi Image Credit: AP

Troon International has started the year by welcoming several top-tier tournaments to its venues. Four events on the DP World and Asian tours will take place at three Troon International locations. These include Yas Links for the DP World Tour’s first Rolex Series event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; the Asian Tour’s flagship Saudi international at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club; and back-to-back DP World Tour events at Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah.

Thursday saw the first of those events get under way, as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship kickstarted the DP World Tour golf season. Held at Yas Links for the first time in the tournament’s history, the $8 million Rolex Series event is one of the highest calibre tournaments on the DP World Tour. The season starter in Abu Dhabi features a star-studded field, namely Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter.

Mark Chapleski, Executive Vice-President of Troon International, said: “The team at Yas Links has worked hard to make sure that not only the players competing but also those fans visiting will enjoy the very best experience. Troon International has been involved with hosting this tournament for 14 years following the highly successful tenure at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and credit must go to Matt Waters and Corey Finn, and the entire team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi for their continued efforts to deliver an exceptional tournament on exceptional playing surfaces.”

The first weekend in February sees Troon International host two tournaments on the same weekend, a historic first for the organisation. The first being the Saudi International, which will be held for the first time on the Asian Tour.

The second is the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Championship, which will also take place between February 3-6 at Al Hamra Golf Club and forms part of the DP World Tour’s four-week “Middle East Swing.” Led by Paul Booth and Dindy Macatlang, the Troon-managed Al Hamra Golf Club is not done with one weekend’s worth of golf though and will host another follow-up tournament, just seven days later, meaning two tournaments on back-to-back weekends. Following confirmation that the Qatar Masters has been postponed, the DP World Tour confirmed a second $2 million tournament will take place, the Ras Al Khaimah Classic.

“We would like to congratulate and thank our ownerships for their commitment and support to hosting these Tour events which will help our teams propel their respective clubs and destinations, both locally and globally. To start 2022 off by hosting so many significant golf events at Troon venues underscores our unrivalled standards of quality and conditioning and is testament to the hard work that all of our Troon-managed and affiliated courses put in globally, to be chosen as Tour venues,” said Chapleski.