The Ryder Cup might feel a long way off, but preparations for September are about to get underway in Abu Dhabi.
The Hero Cup, which was unveiled back in September 2022, is designed to give the European Ryder Cup team a chance to get acquainted with each other and, ultimately, help captain Luke Donald pick his team.
The format this week is designed to be similar to that of the Ryder Cup. On Friday, there’s a session of fourballs, on Saturday there’s two sessions of alternate shot foursomes, and on Sunday it’s the final session of singles, with every player playing in every session.
Out of the 20 players teeing it up, only six have played a Ryder Cup before. They include playing captains, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari. If you’re a rookie and make a good impression here, it might well stand you in good stead.
It will be GB&I against Continental Europe across the Abu Dhabi Golf Club layout, which was previously the host to the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship. Tyrrell Hatton most recently won there in 2021.
Here’s the lowdown on what you can expect this week.
Hero Cup teams
Each team features ten players, with three from each having Ryder Cup experience. On the Continental Europe side they are Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters and Alex…