Posted January 25, 2012 on
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Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods can all make legitimate claims to being the world's top golfer and all three will get a chance to prove it when they lock horns at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship this week.
The star-studded field for the tournament beginning Thursday features 12 major winners and nearly 100 European Tour winners. It is a field more akin to a major than an early season event, and the world's top players said the quality of competition will allow them to quickly gauge their game after the brief offseason.
Many welcomed a resurgent Woods into the fold, after he showed signs of his old self by ending the two-year victory drought with a win at the Chevron World Challenge.
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A body transplant seems to have occurred during the offseason. Tiger Woods seems to have slipped into Rory McIlroy's body and vice versa.
That much was obvious from the opening round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
McIlroy leads Woods by three shots after an opening 5-under-par 67 to Woods' 70. The Northern Irishman shared the early lead with Sweden...
Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for a share of the early clubhouse lead, three strokes in front of playing partner Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy, opening his season, fired a three-under 67 while playing with Tiger Woods, who struggled on the greens but shot a 70.
Tiger Woods says he's the healthiest he's been in nearly a decade and is hoping his success of the end of 2011 will carry over into this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
Tiger Woods says he's the healthiest he has been in nearly a decade and is hoping his success of the end of 2011 will carry over into this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
Tiger Woods says he's starting a season healthy for the first time in at least eight years.
No momentous shots for Tiger Woods. No bogeys, either.
This seems like the perfect time for Tim Tebow to capitalize on his latest surge in popularity, but he is not.
Last week, Tebow turned down CBS’ offer to appear on its pre-game show leading into the AFC Championship Game.
More recently, he declined an invitation to play in next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was rumored that Tebow would be paired with Tiger...