Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Danny Willett and rising star Viktor Hovland will join World No. 1 Brooks Koepka and European Tour stars Bernd Wiesberger and Matthew Fitzpatrick to complete a world-class line up as the Hero Challenge arrives in Abu Dhabi for the first time.
Thee innovative shootout event which will be played ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is scheduled for today at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit.
Koepka, a four-time Major winner and World No. 1, while South African Oosthuizen boasts the 2010 Open Championship amongst his nine European Tour titles. Both are making their Hero Challenge debut as 5,000 fans will watch six of golf’s biggest stars battle it out for the title in the exciting head-to-head format.
Koepka said, “The Hero Challenge will be a great way to start my first tournament week of the season and I’m looking forward to getting involved in the fun. I’m a competitive guy when it comes to most things though and I’m sure this will be no different once we get going, and it’s pretty cool to have the chance to play golf at such an iconic location like Yas Marina.
He added, “It’s a spectacular place, especially when you see it on TV with the Formula One cars racing around, so I am sure it will be a fun night in Abu Dhabi.”
Oosthuizen said: “The Hero Challenge looks like a lot of fun, and especially this time around as we’ll be playing in such a cool location in Yas Marina. I can definitely say that it will be a first for me to play golf at a Formula One track and I’m looking forward to going up against the guys in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.”
Willett, thee 2016 Masters champion, returns to the Hero Challenge after coming close to getting his hands on the trophy in the final edition of the 2019 season in Dubai last November.
Hovland, the former World No. 1 amateur and now one of golf’s most promising young stars, and the 22-year-old Norwegian is also making his Hero Challenge debut at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Hero MotoCorp recently extended the Hero Challenge on the European Tour until 2022, with the number of annual events increasing from three to a series of five.