Yas Links Abu Dhabi It will host some of the biggest names from the European Tour on 17y The tournament will take place from January 20 to 23, 2022.
Designed by Kyle Phillips and recently ranked 48th in Golf Digest’s Top 100 World Courses, Yas Links is owned by Aldar and operated by Troon. The course will herald a new chapter for the prestigious event as it travels to one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations in Abu Dhabi from January 20-23, 2022.
This week’s European Tour, which hosted it at a new venue for the first time in the championship’s history, confirmed that the inaugural Championship of the 2022 Race to Dubai season will kick off with the Rolex Series event at Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
First organized in 2006, the tournament has been held at the famous Abu Dhabi Golf Club for 16 consecutive years and having built a strong legacy in the Middle East, the move to Yas Island highlights Abu Dhabi as an international sports hub as the season comes to a close. The F1 Championship and Ultimate Fighting Championship also take residence in a world-class venue.
News of Yas Links Abu Dhabi being added to the European Tour schedule from 2022 onwards comes after UAE authorities confirmed that travelers to the emirate no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result to cross the border into the capital from Dubai. International travelers are also set to benefit following changes to Abu Dhabi’s green list in October, with fully vaccinated individuals not being required to self-quarantine upon arrival, regardless of nationality or where they come from. Abu Dhabi has also added 27 countries to its green travel list, meaning that a total of 82 destinations, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States and Israel, are exempt from quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.
His Excellency Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are excited to bring our award-winning championship to Yas Links for the first time. Abu Dhabi and Yas Island are known for offering world-class sporting events, and we are looking forward to another great tournament to start an exciting sporting year in the UAE.”
Mark Chapelsky, President of Tron International He said: “I am very proud of our team who have worked so hard over the past two years to successfully deliver a series of extensive improvements to the Yas Links Abu Dhabi track. As the first true Links style course in the Middle East, the current playability is second to none and this is globally recognized thanks to its rating The 50 Best in the World’s Top 100 Golf Digest Courses The course’s final holes at 16, 17 and 18 are one of the toughest triples in the UAE with mangroves looming down the left of the three and it would be great to see how the pros handle them in January next year.
With authorities confirming that the emirate’s COVID-19 infection rate was only 0.2 per cent of all tests recorded in September 2021 and with cases continuing to decline in October, Abu Dhabi expects a significant increase in visitor numbers. Now ‘peak season’ is entering with cooler weather, and events such as the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the Formula 1™ Etihad Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi are set to attract a large number of international tourists and business travelers to the UAE capital.
The tournament’s move to Yas Island is an exciting move, particularly for Aldar, as the island’s leading real estate developer and manager. In recent years, Yas Island has become the number one entertainment, leisure, retail and business destination in Abu Dhabi and is home to many of the capital’s major tourist attractions.
Jassim Al Busaiba, CEO of Aldar Investments He said: “Aldar is proud to continue its long association with the European Tour and to welcome the HSBC Championship to Yas Links Abu Dhabi for the first time. Yas Island is the perfect home for this event, and we look forward to welcoming players, guests and officials to the island, home to Aldar’s most popular residential, retail, hospitality, leisure and entertainment destinations.”
Abdel Fattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC UAE and Head of International Services, said: “Opening up to a world of opportunity is at the heart of HSBC – that’s what we’ve been doing here for our customers for 75 years – and by bringing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to Yas Links for the first time, we are celebrating another milestone in our journey to support new visions and new ideas in the UAE” .
Keith Bailey, CEO of the European Tour added: “As a Rolex Series event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC and Yas Links Championships offer players and fans an unparalleled experience. Yas Island is synonymous with major sporting events in the UAE, and we are delighted that this year’s first Rolex Series Championships will be highlighted on the global stage.”
Yas Links Abu Dhabi will offer a unique blend of first-class hospitality and leisure activities to the masses, with the team at Troon Abu Dhabi already working to ensure visitors have the best possible experience. These efforts also extend to the golf course itself, which was designed by Kyle Phillips and recently voted number one in the area. The man charged with ensuring that Yas Links Abu Dhabi complies with Tour standards by January 2022 Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course Manager, Corey Finn And Commenting on the preparations, he said:
“Preparing for the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship is always very exciting but 2022 will be even more special with a whole new place for us to dive into. Many European and PGA Tour players will start their competitive year in Abu Dhabi in hopes of taming our notoriously challenging coastal course. Working closely with the European Tour is It creates a special environment and this will not be any different in terms of working with a new team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, as we are all working towards the same goal; making the Abu Dhabi HSBC 2022 Championship bigger and better than what happened before.”
Terrell Hutton will need to deliver another dominant performance at Yas Links Abu Dhabi if he is to claim back-to-back titles. In January 2021, the Englishman went toe-to-toe with four-time Grand Slam winner and Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy over the course of the week and finally finished four shots away from the stellar field to start his year.