Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods go head to head in Abu Dhabi

Current World Number One golf champion Rory McIlroy

Current World Number One golf champion Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - multi-millionaire Nike stablemates now and golf’s two biggest attractions - will go head to head in Abu Dhabi on Thursday in what for both of them is their first competitive round of the year.

Dubbed “The Return of the Giants” in posters around the United Arab Emirates capital, the world numbers one and two are back to try to improve on finishing second and third last year. Behind Robert Rock, the world number 117, just in case you have forgotten.

Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer, three times a winner of the event, will be there alongside them when they tee off at 7.40am, but even he might be forced to acknowledge that he is just a member of the chorus line on this occasion.

 

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