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On the eve of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship defending champion Paul Casey impressed by quality field and course set up

As the host venue of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the home of golf in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Golf Club has developed an enviable reputation as one of the finest golf courses in world golf. As the Championship has grown so too has the quality and condition of the golf course and the prestigious event will welcome 8 of the world’s top 15 golfers for the 2010 Championship. In an interview today defending champion and world #8, Paul Casey, stated, “The course is as good as I have seen it. I thoroughly enjoy the layout and play well round here. The field is very strong this week and I am looking forward to getting out there and competing.” On the eve of the first round, a list of headline golfers from around the world line up for what is quickly becoming a must play event on the European Tour circuit.

“The Championship has grown in stature over the previous four years and once again we can welcome some of the biggest names in golf. The vision to grow golf in Abu Dhabi and the UAE has seen the Championship quickly establish itself as one of the most distinguished and coveted titles on the European Tour. The course this year has been set up immaculately; the greens are smooth and very quick, we have the fairways shaped perfectly and the whole facility has come to life as the excitement grows. Whoever wins this week will be a worthy champion.” commented Ken Kosak, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The global appeal of the championship is represented by 26 countries across 6 continents, with the field being led by Europe’s #1 and #2 players in 2009, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy; further testament to the position the golf club holds as an international championship venue. Joining them in pursuit of the coveted Falcon trophy is two-time Abu Dhabi Golf Championship winner, Paul Casey, as well as Ryder Cup stars Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim, and multiple US PGA Tour winners, Camillo Villegas and Geoff Ogilvy.

Now in its fifth year, the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is set to welcome a record crowd to see some of the world’s best golfers compete for their share of the total prize fund of €1.5m. A number of spectator facilities have been introduced for the 2010 Championship including viewing platforms, an interactive Championship Village and a host of food & beverage outlets, which ensure this years’ championship is the most impressive so far.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship takes place at Abu Dhabi Golf Club between 21-24 January 2010.

Adam Scott on the 6th green watched by Colin Montgomerie at Loch Lomond Golf Club, July 09, 2009

It is the 27th destination to host a European Tour event on the 2009 Schedule.

Our picture editor banks at Barclays as does Roger the mechanic that works on the corner.

The event was first played in 1961 and will be the 46th edition.

The tournament was not played between 2002-2004 but returned in 2005 and won by Adam Scott.

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The event, the richest National Open in Asia is co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

This will be the 58th tournament sanctioned between The European and Asian Tour since the first one in 1999.

Singapore is well used to hosting European Tour events.

The 1993 and 1996 Johnnie Walker Classic were staged at Singapore Island and Tanah Merah respectively. From 2001-2007 the Singapore Masters was held; 2001 at Singapore Island and 2002-07 at Laguna National G&CC.

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