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Olazbal, Kaymer and Rory among top golfers at Abu Dhabi Championship.

Summary: The 126-man field will be headlined by six of the biggest names

Jos Mara Olazbalthe Ryder Cup legend and two time Masters winner will be among some of the leading players (Supplied photo)

Ryder Cup legend and two time Masters winner Jos Mara Olazbal alongside three-time Championship winner Martin Kaymer will both take on the world's best professionals at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club from January 18-21.

Olazbal, alongside the 2015 Champion Gary Stal, America's Bryson DeChambeau and South Korea's Seung-Su Han have all received invitations from Championship Committee to feature in the 126-man field that will be headlined by six of the biggest names in golf defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, World Number One, Dustin Johnson, four-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose, 2016 Open Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Henrik Stenson and Olympic Bronze medallist Matt Kuchar. Twenty four-year-old Bryson DeChambeau created headlines around the world when he became the fifth golfer in history to win both the NCAA Division I championship and the US Amateur in the same year. DeChambeau is no stranger to playing with the pros either, earning his first professional win at the DAP Championship which in turn gave him a PGA Tour Card for the 2017 season, signalling his arrival on the global stage.

DeChambeau thrilled the Abu Dhabi crowds back in 2016 with a stunning 8-under 64 on the first day to take the lead. The American went into the weekend tied-second with Rory McIlroy before Fowler's impressive final round performance saw him lift the famous falcon trophy. "2018 is going to be a massive year for me and playing in Abu Dhabi is a great place to start," said the young American. "The field is looking really strong so I'm looking forward to testing myself against some of the best players in the world right now."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jan 15, 2018
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