Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy have committed to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the season-opening event for the 2022 DP World Tour season on Jan. 20-23.
Morikawa is coming off a victory at the DP World Tour Championship, where he overtook McIlroy on the weekend en route to a three-shot victory.
McIlroy has won twice on the PGA Tour this year but tweeted that he will begin his year in Abu Dhabi rather than at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He will be competing in his 12th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship while seeking his first win in the event, which will take place at Yas Links Abu Dhabi on Yas Island for the first time.
"Obviously, I have come close a few times at this event in the past, and I'm hopeful I can be in with a chance of picking up that trophy for the first time come Sunday," he said.
Morikawa has risen to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking while McIlroy is eighth.
"I cannot wait to return to the Middle East and play the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the first time," Morikawa said. "I have heard great things about the event and it always attracts a world-class field year on year, but I know this year will be extra special at Yas Links for the first time.
"It's a course which I know is hugely popular amongst the players from the Pro-Am that has been played there in the past, and I'm excited to start my season as reigning DP World Tour Rankings Champion there."
--Field Level Media