Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Updated Odds and TV Schedule for European Tour Event

Tommy Fleetwood arrives at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship as the man to beat in the eyes of the bookmakers.

According to Oddschecker, the world number 10 is an 8/1 favorite to win the European Tour event, which begins on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Englishman has won the event twice in the last three years, triumphing in Abu Dhabi in 2017 and 2018. He also secured a first European Tour win two months ago, winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Patrick Cantlay and Brooks Koepka have the next best odds, with the world No. 6 second-favorite at 10/1 and the world No. 1 close behind at 11/1.

Cantlay finished in the top 10 at both the Masters and the PGA Championship last year and secured his second PGA Tour win in June, when he finished two shots ahead of Australia's Adam Scott at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Koepka, meanwhile, will make his first start in almost three months, having recovered from a nagging injury that had plagued his left knee since October.

The Floridian underwent stem cell treatment after the Tour Championship in August to address an issue to his patellar tendon, which he aggravated when he slipped on concrete at the CJ Cup in South Korea just over a month later.

The injury forced the four-time major winner to miss the U.S. triumph at the Presidents Cup in Australia last month, and Koepka is relishing a return to professional golf.

"When you have something taken away from you, I think it makes you appreciate it more," he said in a press conference on Tuesday. "I mean, I missed competition. I missed showing up to an event, preparing for something, because I haven't had anything to prepare for. Having three months off, it's not fun."

Brooks Koepka, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Brooks Koepka of the United States in action during the Pro-Am ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 15 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Andrew Redington/Getty

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen is a 14/1 shot, while Matthew Fitzpatrick and defending champion Shane Lowry are both 18/1 outsiders.

The Irishman's one-shot success in Abu Dhabi last year sparked a remarkable run of form, which culminated in triumph at the Open Championship in July at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Winning the Claret Jug propelled Lowry back into the world's top 20 for the first time since 2015, and he's determined to carry on in the same vein this year.

A spot in Europe's team for the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in September is firmly in Lowry's sights.

"I've set myself little goals. I have it in my head what I want to achieve this year," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "The main thing for me is make that Ryder Cup team, and I've kind of set my schedule out, I've set everything out to do that."

Behind Lowry and Fitzpatrick, world No. 15 Bryson DeChambeau is a 22/1 outsider, followed by Thomas Pieters and Branden Grace at 25/1.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship TV schedule (All times ET)

Thursday, January 16

  • 12 a.m.-3:30 a.m.—Golf Channel
  • 6 a.m.-8 a.m.—Golf Channel

Friday, January 17

  • 3 a.m.—8 a.m.—Golf Channel

Saturday, January 18

  • 3:30 a.m.—8 a.m.—Golf Channel

Sunday, January 19

  • 3:30 a.m.—8 a.m.—Golf Channel
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