Four-time Major Champion Koepka will make his debut in the innovative shootout at the iconic Formula One racing circuit, where 5,000 spectators will watch six of golf’s biggest stars battle it out for the title in an exciting head-to-head format for the first time in Abu Dhabi.
The American Ryder Cup star is making his return to competitive golf at the opening Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s 2020 Race to Dubai in Abu Dhabi, having been side-lined by a knee injury last October and he believes the Hero Challenge is the perfect way to start his season.
‘’The Hero Challenge will be a great way to start my first tournament week of the season and I’m looking forward to getting involved in the fun,” said Koepka. “I’m a competitive guy when it comes to most things and I’m sure this will be no different once we get going, and it’s pretty cool to have the chance to play golf at such an iconic location like Yas Marina.
“It’s a spectacular place, especially when you see it on TV with the Formula One cars racing around, so I am sure it will be a fun night in Abu Dhabi.”
Wiesberger, the current World Number 22, returns for his third Hero Challenge having teed it up in 2016 at The Grove, London and at the 2017 British Masters at Close House, Newcastle. The 34-year-old, who missed most of the 2018 season through injury, enjoyed an impressive 2019 campaign, winning three times, including Rolex Series titles at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and the Italian Open.
Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick will be looking to add another Hero Challenge title to his name following his victory over defending champion Matt Kuchar in a closely fought final at The Renaissance Club in Scotland last year.
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