2020-21 European Tour – The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship? 21st January – 24th January, 2021

Where is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship? Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi

What is the total prize fund of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship? $8,000,000

What television channel can I watch the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on in the UK? This tournament will be televised live on Sky Sports Golf (channel 405)

Where can I stream the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the UK? This tournament can be streamed live via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship? This tournament will take place without spectators

What is the course yardage at Abu Dhabi Golf Club? 7,642 yards

What is the par at Abu Dhabi Golf Club? 72

What is the predicted weather for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship? 23-24c with overcast conditions the first two days and moderate winds expected which is likely to impact play somewhat

TSZ TIPS

TYRELL HATTON

  • With the top two in the betting market – Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas – being incredibly short prices despite plenty of factors going against them here, it is third favourite Tyrell Hatton who has form from 2020 and in the UAE to support him in this event.
  • The forecast of strong winds that will impact play over the four days could well work in his favour as the Englishmen is one of the best scramblers around and while this will be his first appearance of 2021, his form at the end of 2020 before the winter break suggests he could make a flying start to 2021.

TIP: Top five finish

TOMMY FLEETWOOD

  • No player has a better record at the Abu Dhabi Championship in recent years than Tommy Fleetwood who won it back in 2017 and 2018 and then finished runner-up last year behind Lee Westwood.
  • Fleetwood is using a new set of clubs in Abu Dhabi after moving to TaylorMade which may be a concern and take some time adjusting to but his track record around this course can still see him do well and manage a top ten finish.

TIP: Top ten finish

MATTHEW FITZPATRICK

  • One of last year’s runners-up Matthew Fitzpatrick has all the tools to go far once again this year in the Abu Dhabi Championship and with an early tee time in the first round, he is one of the players favoured to do well and avoid the windy conditions which are expected later in the day.
  • Fitzpatrick ended 2020 in fine form winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai back in December and the Yorkshireman is more than capable of putting in another strong performance here and challenging at the death on Sunday.

TIP: Top five finish

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