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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.


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