The Swede has endured a tough 2018 results wise, missing out on any personal silverware apart from a memorable Ryder Cup for Team Europe at Le Golf National.
Stenson will hope to turn that around in at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he has fond memories, twice having finished runner-up. There will be some stiff competition though, as defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, world number three Dustin Johnson and three-time major winner Brooks Koepka are part of the star-studded line-up.
“I can’t wait to return to Abu Dhabi for one of my favourite tournaments of the year,” the world number 25 told the media.
“It’s cool to have played in every edition of this tournament and experienced first-hand its growth into one of the biggest events on the European Tour with the strongest field in the Middle East.
“I’ve finished second a couple of times before and have really vivid memories of shooting 62 and breaking the course record in 2006, but eventually losing out to American Chris DiMarco.
“I really want my name on that Falcon Trophy and hopefully that’s going to change next January, although I’m sure there are a few players, including Brooks, Dustin and Tommy, who will have something to say about that!”
H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “Henrik has been a fixture at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA for the last 13 years and we look forward to welcoming him back to Abu Dhabi. Henrik has been on a journey with us since the very start. His sustained presence signifies his enduring commitment to the tournament and he has played an important role in helping us to earn a global reputation for hosting the world’s best sporting events. He joins a line-up boasting some of the world’s best golfers and we are all looking forward to a week of spectacular entertainment and sporting prowess.”
Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO UAE & Head of International Markets at HSBC Bank Middle East, said: “We are delighted that Henrik will once again be joining us for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, the 14th consecutive time that he has played in the tournament. Henrik’s confirmation, alongside the recent announcements that Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood will all be playing in January, underlines the tournament’s place as the jewel in the crown of Middle Eastern golf. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA has long been considered a hub of golfing innovation and with many of the best players in the world starting what could be a transformative year for the sport, it will once again be a tournament not to be missed.”
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA recently become part of the prestigious Rolex Series and with a prize fund now at $7 million, is one of the premium tournaments on The European Tour.
First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA is being hosted at the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the 14th consecutive year from January 16-19, 2019.
Tickets for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA could be purchased here.