Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/13/13
There will be 124 players who will tee it up in this week's $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but two will command all the attention. Get ready for the Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy show. Woods and McIlroy have gone head-to-head many times in the short space of time McIlroy has been in the professional game. However, their clash in Abu Dhabi marks the first time they will have done so playing the same equipment (well, reportedly, for now). McIlroy will turn up in head-to-toe Nike gear -- switching to the company Woods has been with for most of his professional career. The Northern Irishman has jumped ship for a reported 10-year, $250 million deal. Sponsors HSBC and oil-rich Sheiks of Abu Dhabi will be looking for a return on the lavish appearance money they've splashed out to lure golf's two biggest names to the desert. They'll be hoping the two end up going hammer and tong down the stretch on Sunday. Expect the appearance fees paid to the pair to dwarf the prize...
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