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European Golf Tour
€2,700,000 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Field
Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National Course)
Par 72 - 7600 Yards
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2012
Thomas Aiken
Ahmed Al Musharrekh
Fredrik Andersson Hed
Thomas Bjorn
Michiel Bothma
Gregory Bourdy
Gary Boyd
Markus Brier
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Michael Campbell
Alejandro Canizares
Alex Cejka
Christian Cevaer
K.J. Choi
S.S.P. Chowrasia
Darren Clarke
George Coetzee
Robert Coles
Nicolas Colsaerts
Ben Curtis
Rhys Davies
Jason Day
Carlos Del Moral
Robert-Jan Derksen
Andrew Dodt
Luke Donald
Jamie Donaldson
Bradley Dredge
David Drysdale
Victor Dubuisson
Simon Dyson
Johan Edfors
Jamie Elson
Niclas Fasth
Stuart Fee
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Kenneth Ferrie
Richard Finch
Oliver Fisher
Ross Fisher
Tommy Fleetwood
Oscar Floren
Mark Foster
Marcus Fraser
Lorenzo Gagli
Stephen Gallacher
Sergio Garcia
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo Gonzalez
Tano Goya
Branden Grace
Richard Green
Todd Hamilton
Anders Hansen
Soren Hansen
Peter Hanson
Padraig Harrington
Gregory Havret
Peter Hedblom
Michael Hoey
Keith Horne
David Horsey
David Howell
Mikko Ilonen
Raphael Jacquelin
Thongchai Jaidee
Scott Jamieson
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Richard S. Johnson
Michael Jonzon
Robert Karlsson
Martin Kaymer *
Simon Khan
James Kingston
Soren Kjeldsen
Jbe' Kruger
Jose Manuel Lara
Pablo Larrazabal
Paul Lawrie
Peter Lawrie
Tom Lewis
Wen-Chong Liang
Sam Little
Shane Lowry
Joost Luiten
David Lynn
Matteo Manassero
Pablo Martin Benavides
Gareth Maybin
Graeme McDowell
Richard McEvoy
Damien McGrane
Rory McIlroy
Edoardo Molinari
Francesco Molinari
Colin Montgomerie
James Morrison
George Murray
Christian Nilsson
Alexander Noren
Jose Maria Olazabal
Thorbjorn Olesen
Hennie Otto
Andrea Pavan
Phillip Price
Alvaro Quiros
Richie Ramsay
Robert Rock
Brett Rumford
Charl Schwartzel
Marcel Siem
Jeev Milkha Singh
Joel Sjoholm
Lee Slattery
Henrik Stenson
Graeme Storm
Jaco Van Zyl
Anthony Wall
Marc Warren
Romain Wattel
Lee Westwood
Peter Whiteford
Martin Wiegele
Bernd Wiesberger
Danny Willett
Chris Wood
Tiger Woods
Fabrizio Zanotti
Matthew Zions
* - Defending Champion
There is quite a formidable field scheduled for Abu Dhabi this week.Tiger Woods will make his 2012 debut after his victory at the end of last season at the unofficial Chevron World Challenge. He is 25th in the world rankings, so he is way behind some of the others in the field. Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer will open their seasons this week. The four are the four highest-ranked players in the world, adding some serious star power to the European Tour`s event. Kaymer has to be considered the favorite and can make history this week. Kaymer is the two-time defending champion and earned his first European Tour victory at this tournament in 2008. The one year he didn`t win from 2008-2011, he tied for second in 2009. Kaymer can join a select group of European Tour players who have won the same tournament four times. Kaymer deserves to be the favorite based on his pedigree at the Abu Dhabi Championship, but the hottest player in the world will also tee it up Thursday. Branden Grace won for the second week in a row last week at the Volvo Golf Champions event. After his breakthrough victory at the Joburg Open, Grace topped two of his fellow countrymen, Ernie Els and Goosen, in a playoff at Fancourt. Golf Channel will carry the action all four rounds. Next up for the European Tour is the Qatar Masters, which was won last year by Thomas Bjorn. Hunter Mahan, K.J. Choi and Jason Day are scheduled to play as well.