Yas Links Chosen to Host 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Troon-managed Yas Links Abu Dhabi will host the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the first time in the tournament’s history from 20-23 January 2022.
The event typically entices the European Tour’s best players to the country and next year’s competition will be the 17th edition of the championship.
This will be the first time in history that this event is hosted at a different venue, and it will kick-start the 2022 Race to Dubai season with a Rolex Series event at the Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
The news of the competition comes hastily after the UAE authorities notified that those travelling to the emirate will no longer need to produce a negative COVID-19 test to cross the border into the capital from Dubai.
Furthermore, international travellers are also set to benefit from changes to the Abu Dhabi green list in October - with fully vaccinated individuals not required to quarantine, regardless of what country they derive from.
There are now a total of 82 countries on the green list for Abu Dhabi, after the inclusion of 27 more.
These include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the U.S. and Israel - who are all exempt from quarantining regardless of vaccination status.
Mark Chapleski, President of Troon International, is ecstatic about the venue change: “I am very proud of our team who have been hard at work over the past two years to successfully deliver a series of extensive on-course improvements at Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
“As the first true links style course in the Middle East, its current playability is second to none and this is recognised globally thanks to its top 50 ranking on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World.”
Following from the news that the COVID-19 infection rate was only 0.2% of all recorded tests in September 2021, cases have continued to fall in October.
Abu Dhabi are now expecting an influx of visitors as the cooler weather entices Europeans to escape the chill of winter.
Yas Links will offer a rate of first-class hospitality and entertainment activities for fans, with the team at Troon Abu Dhabi already planning preparations for the event.
The golf course was designed by Kyle Phillips, and it was recently voted #1 in the local region.
Golf Course Manager, Corey Finn, will be tasked with ensuring the course is up to scratch ready for the imminent tournament.
“The build-up to the Abu Dhabi HSBC championship is always very exciting but 2022 will be even more special with a brand-new venue for us to sink our teeth in,” Finn said.
He added: “Many of the European and PGA Tour players will kick-start their competitive year in Abu Dhabi hoping to tame our notoriously tricky coastal course.
“Working closely with the European Tour creates a special environment and this will be no different in terms of working with a new team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, as we all work towards the same goal: making the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship even bigger and better than what’s come before.”
Tyrrell Hatton produced a peerless display last year, after seeing off fellow European and Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy, eventually besting the Northern Irishman by four strokes.
The field was stellar than and the 2022 line-up is expected to emulate the prestigious names from the previous year.
For more information about Yas Links Abu Dhabi please visit: www.troonabudhabi.com.
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