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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship changes dates to accommodate football’s 2019 Asian Cup

The European Tour event, which regularly attracts the world’s most prominent golfers, will take place from January 16-19 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Tommy Fleetwood successfully retained the Falcon Trophy after winning the 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. AFP
Tommy Fleetwood successfully retained the Falcon Trophy after winning the 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. AFP

January’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be played Wednesday to Saturday to accommodate football’s 2019 Asian Cup, organisers have announced.

The European Tour event, which regularly attracts the world’s most prominent golfers, will take place from January 16-19 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The move – the tournament is typically played Thursday to Sunday – is intended to help with scheduling for the Asian Cup, the continent’s marquee football event staged in the Emirates for only the second time.

The Asian Cup, for the first time featuring 24 teams, runs from January 5 to February 1.

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