McIlroy to begin 2018 with UAE double-header

World No. 10 Rory McIlroy will start his 2018 season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship before moving on to the Dubai Desert Classic.

Rory McIlroy will begin his season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.   -  Getty Images

Rory McIlroy has announced his playing schedule for the opening months of 2018, starting with a double-header in the United Arab Emirates.

The World No. 10 will begin the new season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on January 18, where he has finished runner-up on four occasions since 2011.

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McIlroy will then move on to the Dubai Desert Classic the following week, aiming for a third title after triumphs in 2009 and 2015.

February sees McIlroy feature at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, with subsequent appearances at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he builds towards the Masters - the only major he is yet to win - at Augusta in April.

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