Rory McIlroy confirms presence in Abu Dhabi

"“It’s no secret but I love playing golf in the Middle East and having the opportunity to play in these two back-to-back events will be a great way to end the season"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rory McIlroy confirms presence in Abu Dhabi
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It's official. Rory McIlroy will be at the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship scheduled for November 7 to 10, 2024 at Yas Links. With a prize pool of $9 million, this tournament launches the DP World Tour play-offs in the United Arab Emirates which will end the following week, as usual, in Dubai at the Jumeirah Golf Estates for the traditional DP World Tour Championship (also $9 million in prize money).

The Northern Irishman, who we will not see in competition again before the Scottish Open (July 11-14), will return to this course for the first time since his 12th place acquired in January 2022 when the Belgian Thomas Pieters won, a few weeks before he decided to join LIV Golf.

This formalization of McIlroy's presence for the last two tournaments of the season also confirms that his objective will be to finish No. 1 in the Race for the sixth time after 2012, 2014, 2015, 2022 and 2023.

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We remind you that the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, whose title holder is none other than Frenchman Victor Perez, has been moved this year in the calendar from the end of January to the beginning of November.

It will bring together the first 70 of the Race to Dubai at the end of the “Back 9” tournaments before the first 50 qualify for the final scheduled for November 14 to 17. “It’s no secret but I love playing golf in the Middle East and having the opportunity to play in these two back-to-back events will be a great way to end the season,” said the current world No.

2. . I would love to lift the trophy in Abu Dhabi and have the chance to top the Race to Dubai standings again". Rory uses an interlock grip for all of his shots. He has worked from a young age with various professional golfers including Darren Clarke, Nick Faldo, and Graeme McDowell.

The latter often does field tests with Rory on tour. Rory's putting master was Dave Stockton, a former PGA Tour player who serves as a putting master. Initially he was taught by Englishman Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, a European Tour player who founded International Sports Management (ISM).

McIlroy left ISM in 2011, joining Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. Michael Bannon has been working with Rory since October 2012.

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