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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Key numbers behind the tournament

3,000,000 – Dollars. Over the four-day championship, 126 players will compete for a total prize purse of $3m (Dh11.02m) – an increase of $300,000 from previous years.

69,000 – Over 69,000 spectators attended the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

16 – Under-par. Dustin Johnson’s performance on his debut at The National Course last year. It was good enough for tied-second, a shot behind the winner Tommy Fleetwood.

7,600 – Yards, the championship length of The National Course.

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2000 – The course and clubhouse were officially opened in 2000, with the first championship played six years later.

7 – There are seven lakes, as well as 90 bunkers, on the championship course.

3 – Martin Kaymer has won the Falcon trophy a record three times, in the space of four years from 2008, but he has not been on the top of the podium since 2011.

17 – Tommy Fleetwood’s current world ranking, after the defending Abu Dhabi champion won the Race to Dubai last season.

4 – Wins by Dustin Johnson in 2017, the best of his career so far. He already has one in 2018, too, after winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui.

The National Course - hole by hole

1 – Matt Kuchar, the American Ryder Cup player, will be making his first appearance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

15 – Rory McIlroy will be making his Tour comeback 15 weeks after last playing, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland in October

13 – World No 9 Henrik Stenson is among a small group of players to have played every Abu Dhabi tournament. He will be teeing it up for a 13th time this weekend.

357 – Gary Stal's world ranking when triumphed in 2015. No champion has ranked higher.