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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 April 2018

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas  Bjorn leads line-up for Gary Player Invitational in Abu Dhabi

The annual event takes place on January 29 at the Saadiyat Golf Beach Club.

Gary Player is again hosting the Gary Player Invitational at Saadiyat Golf Beach Club. Image courtesy of the Gary Player Invitational
Gary Player is again hosting the Gary Player Invitational at Saadiyat Golf Beach Club. Image courtesy of the Gary Player Invitational

Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn is among the players confirmed for the Gary Player Invitational to be held on January 29 at Saadiyat Golf Beach Club.

Other players confirmed to compete are Rafa Cabrera Bello and Matthew Fitzpatrick, as well as 2017 British Masters champion Paul Dunne.

Ladies European Tour professionals confirmed include Olivia Cowan, Carly Booth, Emma Cabrera Bello and Henni Goya are also scheduled to appear in the competition which will raise funds for the Player Foundation, which has selected local event beneficiary, the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs as its charity of choice.

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“We are thrilled to be coming back to Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to kick off 2018 with what will be a field of some of the super new golfing talent in the world,” said tournament host Player, a nine-time major winner.

“As illustrated by our field of champions, including the UAE’s very own Rayhan Thomas, the game continues to evolve and strengthen in the UAE which is truly fantastic to see. This, combined with raising money for those in need will make for a fantastic event for all.”

Along with the action on the green, the event will include a gala dinner at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi.

Members of the public are welcome to visit Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on tournament day to see the action.