New Qualification Tournament aimed to boost UAE national, professional and amateur participation in 2018 edition

Abu Dhabi, UAE (12 December, 2017) – The award-winning Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA will see three qualifiers tee-off with some of the world’s best golfers at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on the 18 – 21 January 2018. Tom Buchanan, Dan Kirkwood and UAE national Ahmed Al Musharrekh will now all feature in the 2018 Championship after their respective rounds yesterday at the stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Their qualification sees them earn a place to play alongside the headlining pack, including Abu Dhabi’s defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, World No.1 Dustin Johnson, 4-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, American Ryder Cup star Matt Kuchar and 2-time Championship winner Paul Casey.

The opportunity, in partnership with the Emirates Golf Federation, to play with the ‘Best of the Best’ was announced by Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) at November’s Championship press conference, having previously been a part of the event’s qualification criteria in 2013.

Ahmed Al Musharrekh, winner of the Emirati qualification category yesterday was thrilled to have the chance to represent the UAE come January:

“I am really pleased with my performance on the course yesterday, all the hard work has paid off. It will be a huge honour once again to step out onto the course in my home country.”

Tom Buchanan, winner of the professional qualification category, was particularly thrilled to be joining some of the world’s best players in Abu Dhabi come January:

“This is amazing! Everything came together so well today. I hope to take my performance one step further once the Championship starts in January and continue my recent good run of form.”

Dan Kirkwood, winner of the amateur qualification category could hardly believe what he had achieved and whom he would be potentially playing with come January:

“Wow, what a day! Firstly, I feel I played a fantastic round today and now I will have the chance to play alongside the very best athletes the game has to offer. What are the chances?”

Speaking about the competition, His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary, ADSC, said: “We are pleased to offer these three exclusive spots on the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA tournament this year,” said Al Awani. “By doing so, it continues to show we are aligned with the mandate of stimulating UAE-based sport for all residents, as well as highlight the world-class sporting facilities here in the capital.

“I would once again like to thank EGA for their newly found partnership with the tournament and its vision moving forward, as well as HSBC, whom we’ve had the privilege of working with since 2010 as we continue to significantly grow the reputation of the Championship globally.”

The 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA will run from January 18 – January 21 with Abu Dhabi Sports Council looking to top this year’s turnout of over 69,000 spectators. Over the four-day championship, 126 players will compete for a total prize purse of $3,000,000 an increase of $300,000 from previous years.


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About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; both the Abu Dhabi and Gary Player Invitationals; the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final; the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The Abu Dhabi Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Whether it is land, sea or air, we have sport covered.

About HBSC

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.

HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 4,400 offices in 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,557bn at 30 September, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

HSBC in the MENA Region

HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a presence in 8 countries across the region.  HSBC has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Algeria. In Saudi Arabia, HSBC is a 40% shareholder of Saudi British Bank (SABB), and a 49% shareholder of HSBC Saudi Arabia for investment banking in the Kingdom.

This presence, the widest reach of any bank in the region, comprises some 250 offices and around 11,000 employees. In the year ending 31st December 2016, HSBC in the MENA region made a profit before tax of US$ 1.5bn.

About HSBC Golf Sponsorships

HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.

HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC’s key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $9.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.

However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots – The Golf Foundation’s national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.

For more details on HSBC’s golf activities, visit

About EGA

Emirates Global Aluminium is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

It is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry, and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.

EGA’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. EGA has a production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of aluminium per year. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.

EGA has more than 350 customers in over 60 countries. About 80 per cent of EGA’s production is value added products, one of the highest proportions of any aluminium company in the world.

EGA’s aluminium is primarily used in the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace and electronics industries.

Over 10 per cent of EGA’s production is sold in the UAE to around 26 downstream aluminium companies that make products with EGA’s aluminium. The growing broader aluminium sector in the UAE already employs around 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.

EGA itself employs around 7,000 of these people including almost 1,200 UAE Nationals.

EGA has focused on technology development for over 25 years. EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s. In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.

As a corporate citizen of the UAE, Emirates Global Aluminium aspires in all its operations to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.

In 2017, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.

EGA was formed in 2014 through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium.