The relationship between Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson came under intense scrutiny during and after the Ryder Cup, a competition at which tempers flared between the pair, and the so-called Bash Brothers get to spend this week together in Abu Dhabi.

Reports suggest the pair have put their feud behind them, but the American duo are almost certainly not the great pals they were known as prior to jetting to Paris for their Ryder Cup torment. The Abu Dhabi headliners may stay out of each other’s way.

Koepka missed the cut by six shots in his only previous Abu Dhabi visit in 2014. Johnson, who has course form figures of 2-9 from the last two years, has stronger claims, but is an unattractive price, while Tommy Fleetwood, bidding for three consecutive Abu Dhabi titles, may find better putters leave him behind this time in excellent scoring conditions, particularly over the first two days.Palmer’s top tip

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The first European Tour event of the ku777 year is finally upon us, with a Wednesday start, and plenty of the Abu Dhabi runners will be handicapped by rust. The DP World Tour Championship, almost two months ago, is the last time the circuit has staged a top-class gathering.

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