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Cantlay, Li to join top field in Abu Dhabi

Cantlay, Li to join top field in Abu Dhabi

Presidents Cup rivals, Patrick Cantlay and Haotong Li become the latest international icons to confirm their appearance at the15th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

Taking place between Jan.16-19, the tournament is the first of eight Rolex Series events on the 2020 European Tour schedule, a press release stated.

Cantlay, a former World No. 1 ranked amateur golfer, has soared into the World's Top 10, having claimed two high-profile victories in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The Presidents Cup debutant, who holds the accolade of being the first player since Tiger Woods to reach the Tour Championship in 12 or fewer events, will be eager to prove his prowess in Abu Dhabi against a line-up of proven champions that includes World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, two-time winner Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Shane Lowry.

Li, who will be making his third consecutive appearance at the tournament, will be determined to put in an improved display, having missed the cut in his last two visits to the prestigious Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Li, the first male Chinese golfer to break into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, will be hoping to continue his record-breaking form and become the first man from China to lift the iconic Falcon Trophy.

Cantlay, current World No. 7, commented: "I'm very excited to play for the first time in Abu Dhabi. I've heard great things about the course, the fans and the experience as a whole. With a such a strong field, I'm looking forward to competing against some of the best players."