Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Where to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel and Odds

World No. 1 Brooks Koepka makes his long-awaited return to golf after almost three months, as he headlines the field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The European Tour event, which begins on Thursday, is Koepka's first event since October, when he injured his left knee after slipping on concrete at the CJ Cup in South Korea.

The fall came at a particularly unfortunate time for the Floridian, who had undergone stem cell treatment to address a patella tendon injury that had plagued affected him since March last year.

Following his injury in South Korea Koepka was forced to miss the Presidents Cup last month and only picked up a club again shortly before Christmas.

The 29-year-old's recovery is progressing well, but he admitted only time will tell whether his knee is back to normal.

"It does feel stable, which leaving Korea and all the way up to about a month and a half ago, it felt like it could go either way," he said in a press conference on Tuesday, as per Golf Channel.

"It could go left, out, back, it could go any way. Even when I got the green light, I just didn't know whether it was going to feel right, whether you're going to be the same, how is it going to feel."

Koepka will be joined in the United Arab Emirates by fellow Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay.

The No. 15 in the world, DeChambeau last week raised doubts over his participation in the tournament, suggesting "no American is safe" in the current political climate.

His comments came after Iran warned the U.S. government that any retaliation for a missile attack it launched against U.S. base in Western Iraq would lead to an escalation of the hostility which would target Dubai and Haifa, Israel's third-largest city.

The tournament in Abu Dhabi represents the first leg of the the so-called "Desert Swing," which is part of the growing number of events the European Tour has hosted outside Europe in recent years in a bid to broaden its audience.

The Omega Desert Classic is set to get underway in Dubai next week, with the Saudi International set to run in Saudi Arabia from January 30 to February 2.

Political tensions, however, appear to be have been somewhat defused and DeChambeau will be among those out on the course on Thursday.

The field in Abu Dhabi also includes world No. 10 Tommy Fleetwood, 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia and reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry.

The latter won in Abu Dhabi last year, kick-starting an upturn in form that took him back in the world's top 20 players for the first time in four years.

"This course, this tournament, against this field every year is a really, really difficult tournament to win, and it obviously kick-started an unbelievable season," the Irishman told Sky Sports.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
A detailed view of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship branding on the eighteenth ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 14 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ross Kinnaird/Getty

When is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship?

The 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship runs from Thursday, January 16 to Sunday, January 19.

The purse for this year's event stands at $7 million, with the winner pocketing $1.6 million.

Where is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship?

As it's been the case since the tournament first joined the European Tour in 2006, the event will be held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 72-par course stretches over 7,600 yards.

TV coverage

The tournament will be broadcast exclusively by Golf Channel.

Live stream

All four days of the tournament can be watched on Golf Channel's digital platforms and via fuboTV.

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

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship odds

World No. 10 Tommy Fleetwood is the boomakers' tips to win in Abu Dhabi this week.

According to Oddschecker, the Englishman is a 9/1 favorite, followed by world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and world No. 11 Patrick Cantlay at 11/1.

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

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