Dubai Desert Classic is a new era

Big winners, Ryder Cup stars and former champions will headline a star-studded field at the Dubai Desert Classic, as the iconic event is elevated to the Rolex Tournament Series of the DP World Tour for the first time in 2022.

World number two and reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy are among the world’s best who will join reigning champion Paul Casey as a new era begins at the Emirates Golf Club in the January 27 to 30.

Dubai Desert Classic, ground

World number six Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to play in the Ryder Cup last year. He will make his second appearance at the event, alongside teammates Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger, along with their captain, three-time Major winner Pádraig Harrington.

2019 Open champion Shane Lowry, who also made his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits, will join Sergio Garcia, Europe’s all-time leading points scorer and Major winner, with the Spaniard aiming to lift the famed Dallah Trophy for the second time. time.

Danny Willett is looking to achieve the same feat, with the Englishman setting a precedent for Garcia by winning at the Emirates Golf Club just months before securing the green jacket. It promises to be a momentous birthday for another former Augusta National winner, with 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott returning to the event exactly 20 years after his last appearance in 2002.

Meanwhile, it will be a 13th appearance for 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell., the logistics technology provider revolutionizing the way global supply chains work, is the new title sponsor of the Dubai Desert Classic, an event with a sparkling list of past winners.

Among those to tee off again this month are 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, European Ryder Cup winning captains Thomas Bjørn and Colin Montgomerie, Spanish Ryder Cup stars Rafa Cabrera Bello and Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Scotsman Stephen Gallacher – the only player to lift the trophy in consecutive seasons.

With two-time DP World Tour winners Lucas Herbert and Li Haotong also on the field, 10 of the 13 winners from the past 15 years will appear. The Dubai Desert Classic will also provide a unique opportunity for a rising star, with Texan Sam Bennett claiming a sponsor exemption as the highest ranked player in the PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Ranking.

Simon Corkill, Tournament Executive Director, Dubai Desert Classic, said: “This year, the Dubai Desert Classic has attracted some of the best golfers in the world, and we look forward to hosting an international class course. world for a truly memorable event. edition of the event.

With free entry for spectators this year, a first for the tournament, there is sure to be an incredible atmosphere befitting the high status of a Rolex Series event on the DP World Tour.” The Dubai Desert Classic 2022 will be the second of back-to-back Rolex Series events in the Middle East in January, with the Abu Dhabi and Dubai tournaments also forming part of the European Tour’s traditional ‘Desert Swing’ which attracts every year the best players in the sport.

Celebrating its 33rd edition in 2022, the iconic tournament has been won by some of the biggest names in golf, including grand champions Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Jose Maria Olazábal, Mark O’Meara, Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau.

The winner’s circle over the past 32 years has also featured Ryder Cup stars such as Mark James, the inaugural champion in 1989. The tournament is now set for an even brighter future with the support of This year’s event offers something to interest spectators both on and off the course.

Tournament Town will feature a wide range of family entertainment in addition to food trucks from some of the city’s popular brands including Shawarma Station, Aballi Arabic Concept, Wok Boyz, Koshari, Choma BBQ, Burro Blanco and more.

Other initiatives include “Pink Saturday”, where players, caddies and fans are encouraged to dress in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer in the UAE and beyond, and “Sunday of sustainability”, a day dedicated to the implementation of the many green and sustainable initiatives of the tournament. focus.