Koepka returns to Abu Dhabi for the first time since 2014. He made an early departure that 12 months, capturing 77-73 to finish beneath the decrease line. Now, though, he’ll attempt to reside up to his billing as a three-time essential winner.
The two-time essential champion as quickly as dominated Abu Dhabi, profitable thrice in his first 5 appearances. He stays the event’s solely three-time champion, nonetheless has been inconsistent since then, with three top-six finishes however moreover three exterior the very best 25.
Kaymer, 34, will tee it up for the first time since remaining 12 months’s European Tour finale in Dubai, the place he tied for 55th in a 60-man space. It was a irritating 2018 all through for Kaymer, who sat out 4 weeks in the spring with wrist points and missed 12 cuts in 23 begins worldwide upon his return.
An emotional victory at his native South African Open helped carry Oosthuizen’s 2018 to a satisfying shut, separating himself on the final word day to flip into merely the sixth man to put his determine on every the Open trophy and the British Open’s Claret Jug.
Oosthuizen, 36, moreover tied for seventh each week afterward the Alfred Dunhill Championship, giving him 4 top-10 finishes worldwide in his closing 5 begins of the 12 months. He’s carried out Abu Dhabi sooner than, incomes a share of second in 2009 behind Paul Casey, nonetheless that’s his first go to since 2011.
The 45-year-old Englishman confirmed he’s nonetheless a component by profitable the Nedbank Challenge remaining November, out dueling Oosthuizen and Sergio Garcia on the final word day to end a three-and-a-half-year victory drought that was his longest since a occupation stoop in the mid-2000s. It was his 24th European Tour win.
Westwood shared runner-up honors in his 2008 debut at Abu Dhabi, nonetheless with just one top-15 finish there since. Over the earlier three years, he’s sandwiched a tie for eighth in 2017 between a pair of missed cuts.
One of solely a handful of players who’ve competed yearly given that match began, Stenson nonetheless stays in quest of his first victory at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. In actuality, until remaining 12 months’s debut of the NBO Oman Open it was the one Middle East event that Stenson hasn’t acquired.