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Golf’s major names confirm place in HSBC Abu Dhabi championship

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Three of the world’s top 11 golfers this week confirmed their places in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, reported Sports360.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Luke Donald all confirmed their places in the event that is set to run from Jan. 16-19.
McIlroy, a two-time runner-up in 2011 and 2012, hopes to put on a good performance in this year’s competition.

“It’s been an up-and-down year but my game is going in the right direction and I feel like I’m nearly there again,” he was quoted as saying by Sports360.

“I’ve shown good form in the past in Abu Dhabi and I’ve always enjoyed playing the National Course. It’s a great venue that always draws big crowds, so hopefully I can give them more to cheer about next season.

“I was very disappointed to miss the cut in January but I’ve been close to that trophy a few times before and hopefully it’ll be my turn next year.”

Former world number one Donald is another big name to compete at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

“Abu Dhabi is a huge stage where the world’s very best players are all looking to start a fresh season with victory,” Donald was quoted as saying by Sports360.

“The size and scope of the tournament creates real early season buzz and there’s always a genuine sense of anticipation as everybody guesses over who’ll find their form first – it’s fantastic to be a part of that.

“My aim for Abu Dhabi is the same as always: be in contention and, if the putts roll in, win,” he added. “I’ve been more diligent with my preparations recently, working on my putting and harnessing the shots that I know need some attention. I’m definitely moving forward with my game and I have a good feeling about the progress I’m making.”