There’s a strong field in Dubai this week for the famous Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Bryson DeChambeau tees it up, together with Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.
After his victory last week in Abu Dhabi, Shane Lowry will be looking to continue his strong run in the desert, but he’ll face strong opposition from some of the world’s best players.
World Number five Bryson DeChambeau has made the journey across the Atlantic to play at the Emirates GC. DeChambeau has collected five PGA Tour wins in the last 18 months, including the Memorial Tournament and back-to-back titles in the 2018 FedEx Cup playoffs.
He’s joined on the start list by Major champions including Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen.
This will be the 30th running of the Dubai Desert Classic. The history of event goes back to 1986 when His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the construction of a golf course in the desert. The Emirates Club opened two years later and the next season Mark James was winner of the inaugural Karl Litten Desert Classic (the competition was originally named after the designer of the course.)
Since then, there have been some great champions. Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have all lifted the trophy. Last year, Li Haotong of China birdied four of his last six holes to hold off Rory McIlroy and win by a stroke.
The Majlis Course at the Emirates Club was the first all-grass layout in the Gulf and it’s still recognised as one of the finest tracks in the Middle East. Travelling through the desert dunes, fairways pass seven lakes, desert areas, indigenous flora and the “Majlis” themselves. Arabic for meeting place, these tent-like structures are a distinctive feature sitting between the 8th and 9th holes.
Date: 24th – 27th Jan
Timings: Thu – 11:30 am & 5 pm, Fri – 3 pm, Sat – 2:30 pm, Sun – 2 pm
Source: Golf Monthly