The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and Etihad Airways have partnered to offer guests of the airline free access to the event, which runs from January 26 to January 29, 2012.

Guests may present their boarding pass at the gate of the Championship on any given day to gain free entry and the opportunity to see the strongest field ever assembled at a Middle East golf tournament.

German Martin Kaymer will be back to defend his title and will take on the top players in the world, including world number one Luke Donald, Major winners Charl Schwartzel (US Masters), Rory McIlroy (US Open) and Darren Clarke (British Open), along with former world number ones Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Championship is now positioned as one of the leading sporting events in the Middle East and we are very pleased to be offering our guests the opportunity to see the game’s best players right on our own doorstep.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is a European PGA Tour-sanctioned event, with a US$2.7 million prize fund on offer, making it the richest purse in the region.

The 2011 event saw 40,000 spectators attend, up 20 per cent on 2010 figures, and initial reaction to the 2012 player line-up is expected to bring record crowds when the Championship tees off at the famous National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The Championship Village has been expanded to 1,200m² and provides a fantastic range of attractions, prizes, games, competitions, live performances and family-friendly fun. Fans will also be able to enjoy the popular HSBC Interactive Zone.

For those who don’t acquire Championship tickets through the Etihad promotion tickets are available via the event’s official website, www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com, as well as online at www.timeouttickets.com and www.itptickets.com. Phone bookings can be made through the ITP toll-free hotline 800 4669, or for international visitors, +971 4 210 8943.