McIlroy, Fowler grouped together in Abu Dhabi

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Two of the biggest draws will be grouped together for the first two rounds of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler will play together Thursday and Friday in the United Arab Emirates, alongside Matteo Manassero.

The trio will head off at 10:40 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Other featured groups include Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els and Jamie Donaldson (10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday); Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Charl Schwartzel (2:45 a.m. ET Thursday); and Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Pablo Larrazabal (2:55 a.m. ET Thursday).

This is the first time that McIlroy and Fowler have played together since Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup, where McIlroy rolled, 5 and 4. They were also in the final pair at the 2014 Open.