<
>

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy to renew rivalry on European Tour

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

World No.1 Jordan Spieth will play his first regular European Tour event in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship next year.

Spieth, who won the Masters, US Open, Tour Championship and FedEx Cup in 2015, is part of a strong field at Abu Dhabi Golf Club from Jan. 21-24 which also features four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

"I am looking forward to coming to Abu Dhabi, especially after Rickie told me about what a fantastic event it is," Spieth, 22, said.

"I love to travel and see the world and I am excited to not only play in the event but also check out Abu Dhabi for the first time."

Spieth will also play the following week at the Singapore Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organization.

McIlroy, who has finished runner-up in the competition four times in the last five years, said: "Abu Dhabi always brings an outstanding player field and, with Jordan and Rickie competing in January, this will a superb test for me to start off the 2016 season.

"I've come close in Abu Dhabi several times now, so I'll be 100 per cent ready for January's challenge."