Spieth, McIlroy among strong Abu Dhabi field


World number one Jordan Spieth will make his Abu Dhabi Golf Championship debut as part of a stellar cast at the lucrative European Tour event in January.

The 22-year-old American will join the likes of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler in a tournament which offers a hefty US $2.7million in prize money.

Spieth won his first two majors in 2015 and, having announced himself as a force to be reckoned with, is relishing the prospect of heading to the United Arab Emirates early next year.

He told the European Tour website: "I am looking forward to coming to Abu Dhabi, especially after Rickie (Fowler) told me about what a fantastic event it is.

"I love to travel and see the world and I am excited to not only play in the event but also checking out Abu Dhabi for the first time."

McIlroy finished second in Abu Dhabi this year - just a shot back from winner Gary Stal - and the world number three is eyeing another strong showing in the 2016 event. 

The Northern Irishman said: "Abu Dhabi always brings an outstanding player field, and with Jordan and Rickie competing in January, this will be a superb test for me to start off the 2016 season.

"I've come close in Abu Dhabi several times now, so I'll be 100 per cent ready for January's challenge."

Two-time runner-up Henrik Stenson has been an ever-present in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and will be among the field once again a decade after the inaugural tournament.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship will be staged from January 21-24 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.