Dustin Johnson to join McIlroy, Stenson at Abu Dhabi Championship
US Open champion to make a rare appearance at a European Tour event
Dustin Johnson: “I’m really looking forward to it and pleased to have the opportunity to play in Abu Dhabi.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
“I’m really looking forward to it and pleased to have the opportunity to play in Abu Dhabi,” said Johnson yesterday.
“I’ve never been there but I’ve heard really good things about the golf course from Rickie and Rory.”
Johnson’s fellow American Fowler will be the defending champion at the January 19th-22nd event.
“Abu Dhabi was a high point for my 2016 season along with competing in the Olympic Games and being on the winning USA Ryder Cup team,” Fowler said.
Johnson’s participation in Abu Dhabi provides the tournament with sustained star power.
In its 12th iteration, it has become one of the most popular events on the European Tour and kicks off the three-legged Desert Swing, which comprises Abu Dhabi, the Qatar Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.