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Preview: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

 

Top golfers start season in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will gauge their games at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship this week.

The star-studded field for the tournament beginning Thursday features 12 major winners and nearly 100 European Tour winners. It's a field more akin to a major than an early season event. The top players said the quality of competition will allow them to quickly assess their game after the brief offseason.

Many welcomed a resurgent Woods into the fold. He ended a two-year victory drought with a win at the Chevron World Challenge in December.

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Abu Dhabi field
Thomas AikenAhmed Al MusharrekhFredrik Andersson Hed
Thomas BjornMichiel BothmaGregory Bourdy
Gary BoydMarkus BrierRafael Cabrera-Bello
Michael CampbellAlejandro CanizaresAlex Cejka
Christian CevaerK.J. ChoiS.S.P. Chowrasia
Darren ClarkeGeorge CoetzeeRobert Coles
Nicolas ColsaertsBen CurtisRhys Davies
Jason DayCarlos Del MoralRobert-Jan Derksen
Andrew DodtLuke DonaldJamie Donaldson
Bradley DredgeDavid DrysdaleVictor Dubuisson
Simon DysonJohan EdforsJamie Elson
Niclas FasthStuart FeeGonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Kenneth FerrieRichard FinchOliver Fisher
Ross FisherTommy FleetwoodOscar Floren
Mark FosterMarcus FraserLorenzo Gagli
Stephen GallacherSergio GarciaJean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo GonzalezEstanislao GoyaBranden Grace
Richard GreenTodd HamiltonAnders Hansen
Soren HansenPeter HansonPadraig Harrington
Gregory HavretPeter HedblomMichael Hoey
Keith HorneDavid HorseyDavid Howell
Mikko IlonenRaphael JacquelinThongchai Jaidee
Scott JamiesonMiguel Angel JimenezRichard S. Johnson
Michael JonzonRobert KarlssonMartin Kaymer
Simon KhanJames KingstonSoren Kjeldsen
Jbe' KrugerJose Manuel LaraPablo Larrazabal
Paul LawriePeter LawrieTom Lewis
Wen-Chong LiangSam LittleShane Lowry
Joost LuitenDavid LynnMatteo Manassero
Pablo MartinGareth MaybinGraeme McDowell
Richard McEvoyDamien McGraneRory McIlroy
Edoardo MolinariFrancesco MolinariColin Montgomerie
James MorrisonGeorge MurrayChristian Nilsson
Alexander NorenJose Maria OlazabalThorbjorn Olesen
Hennie OttoAndrea PavanPhillip Price
Alvaro QuirosRichie RamsayRobert Rock
Brett RumfordCharl SchwartzelMarcel Siem
Jeev Milkha SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Henrik StensonGraeme StormJaco Van Zyl
Anthony WallMarc WarrenRomain Wattel
Lee WestwoodPeter WhitefordMartin Wiegele
Bernd WiesbergerDanny WillettChris Wood
Tiger WoodsFabrizio ZanottiMatthew Zions
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Rory McIlroy (1),Luke Donald (2),Tiger Woods (3),Lee Westwood (6)4
TOP 25Peter Hanson (17),Sergio Garcia (21),Graeme McDowell (24)3
TOP 50Paul Lawrie (27),Charl Schwartzel (28),Francesco Molinari (29),Martin Kaymer (32),Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (33),Branden Grace (34),Jason Day (35),Nicolas Colsaerts (36),Matteo Manassero (43),Thomas Bjorn (44),David Lynn (45),K.J. Choi (46),Jamie Donaldson (47),George Coetzee (49),Thorbjorn Olesen (50)15
TOP 100Alexander Noren (51),Rafael Cabrera-Bello (53),Miguel Angel Jimenez (54),Richie Ramsay (55),Shane Lowry (57),Marcus Fraser (58),Padraig Harrington (59),Henrik Stenson (61),Marcel Siem (62),Anders Hansen (63),Bernd Wiesberger (68),Simon Dyson (69),Pablo Larrazabal (78),Alvaro Quiros (81),Ben Curtis (82),Fredrik Andersson Hed (88),Jeev Milkha Singh (93),Danny Willett (94),Stephen Gallacher (95),Robert Rock (96),Ross Fisher (99),Thongchai Jaidee (100)22