26-29 January 2023 | Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club

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Join us to soak up the electric golfing action in style from the comfort of the Dallah Lounge and exclusive Sky Deck. Overlooking the action on the 9th and 18th green, enjoy premium hospitality, and embark on this unforgettable experience with two-time Champion Rory McIlroy and many other big names all competing for the famous Dallah Trophy.

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Hero MotoCorp to become Title Partner of the Dubai Desert Classic

Hero MotoCorp has today been confirmed as the new Title Partner of the Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event of the 2023 DP World Tour season...

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2019 Open Champion Winner Shane Lowry Amongst Latest Stars Added To Dubai Desert Classic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 December 2022: The Dubai Desert Classic has today announced that 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, along with fellow DP World Tour stars Tommy Fleetwood, Ryan Fox and Tyrrell Hatton, will compete in January’s Rolex Series event; joining previously announced World Number One Rory McIlroy...

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World Number One Rory McIlroy Confirmed for 2023 Dubai Desert Classic

Organisers of the Dubai Desert Classic have today announced world number one and two- time champion Rory McIlroy will play in next year’s tournament with free admission tickets and early bird discounts for hospitality packages now available online...

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Viktor-ious! Hovland bags maiden Dubai Desert Classic with thrilling play-off win over Bland

Viktor Hovland shot the lowest round of the day before holding his nerve in a thrilling play-off against surprise package Richard Bland to claim a maiden Dubai Desert Classic title in front of thousands of spectators on a packed Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

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Dubai Desert Classic all-set for 'Super Sunday' showdown

The Dubai Desert Classic is set for a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, with more than a dozen players within potential striking distance of the Dallah Trophy after a dramatic afternoon of ‘moving day’ scoring on a sun-drenched Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

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SOUTH AFRICA'S HARDING AHEAD BY TWO AT DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Overnight joint-leader Justin Harding claimed the outright clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic after a host of potential challengers failed to capitalise at Emirates Golf Club on Friday...

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One-derful! Fantastic Fox fires hole-in-one at Dubai Desert Classic

Ryan Fox lit up the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic and entered the Majlis Course history books today, as the New Zealander recorded the first hole-in-one at the DP World Tour's new-look Rolex Series event at Emirates Golf Club...

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Grassroot Gains: Next generation of local talent take swing at special Emirates Golf Federation clinic during Dubai Desert Classic

With some of the biggest names in world golf vying for glory in this week's Dubai Desert Classic, the UAE's next generation of golfing talent today experienced a special Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) clinic in partnership with the Peter Cowen Academy...

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'Comfortable' McIlroy relishing fight for third Majlis Course title at revamped Dubai Desert Classic

Ahead of the opening day of the revamped $8 million Dubai Desert Classic, four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy is looking to capitalise on the good feelings ...

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No pain, no gain: Football and F1 stars feel the nerves in Dubai Desert Classic pro-am

Under blissful January sunshine, day two of the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am saw an assortment of English Premier League footballers...

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Local heroes set to mix it with the world's best at the Majlis

The UAE will be well represented at this week's Dubai Desert Classic with two talented young local heroes, Ahmad Skaik and Josh Hill, teeing it up alongside some of the world's best golfers on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

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Sergio Garcia surges into share of clubhouse lead with Morikawa lurking

Spanish ace Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champion, once again showed just why he loves playing the Majlis course, posting a blemish-free five-under par 67 to grab a share of the first-round clubhouse lead...

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Hot Hansen opens up lead over chasing pack on the Majlis

Denmark's JB Hansen carded a sensational bogey-free seven-under to claim the overnight lead over a chasing pack that includes 2017 champion Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup team-mate Tommy Fleetwood...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Schwartzel

Premier League stars revel in tackling immaculate Majlis Course ahead of Dubai Desert Classic...

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GOLF'S WORLD NO. 2 CHECKS INTO THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW!

Reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa, the world's number two ranked golfer, today took time out from preparing for this week's Dubai Desert Classic to tour Expo 2020 Dubai – the world's 'greatest show'...

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Casey hits the heights with victory in JA Lake View Hotel's Rooftop Charity Challenge

Reigning Dubai Desert Classic champion Paul Casey warmed up for his title defence in style on Monday with a thrilling victory in the JA Lake View Hotel's Charity Rooftop Challenge at JA The Resort Dubai

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Dubai Desert Classic launches new 'Sustainability Sunday' to showcase tournament's green initiatives and commitment to environmental responsibility

Dubai Desert Classic launches new 'Sustainability Sunday' to showcase tournament's green initiatives and commitment to environmental responsibility...

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Global stars gather for new era at 2022 Dubai Desert Classic

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 defending champion Paul Casey as a new era begins at Emirates Golf Club from January 27-30...

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Fleetwood and Scott confirmed for 2022 Dubai Desert Classic

Former European Number One Tommy Fleetwood and Major winner Adam Scott are the latest global stars to join the field for the Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event of the 2022 DP World Tour season...

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McIlroy commits to Dubai Desert Classic

Four-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy, is returning to Emirates Golf Club in January in a bid to win his third Dubai Desert Classic title...

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CASEY, GARCIA, AND MORIKAWA COMMIT TO 2022 DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

World Number Two Collin Morikawa and fellow Major winner Sergio Garcia are amongst the top-ranked global stars confirmed to join defending champion Paul Casey...

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TOP COLLEGIATE PLAYER IN PGA TOUR UNIVERSITY TO RECEIVE EXEMPTION INTO DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – At the end of the 2021 fall college golf season, the top-ranked player in the Velocity Global Ranking as of November 17 will earn a sponsor exemption...

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PAUL CASEY SEALS IMPRESSIVE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC VICTORY

Paul Casey superbly closed out his 15th victory on the European Tour with a confident four-shot win over Brandon Stone at the 2021 Dubai Desert Classic. The Englishman carded...

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PAUL CASEY ROARS INTO THE LEAD AT THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Paul Casey carded a stunning best-of-the-day 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Robert MacIntyre into the final round of the 2021 Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf...

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THOMAS DETRY TAKES THE HALF-WAY LEAD AT THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Belgium's Thomas Detry fired a flawless 5-under-par 67 to get to 10-under-par and lead by one stroke ahead of Robert MacIntyre at the half-way stage of the Dubai Desert...

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RICHARD STERNE RACES INTO THE LEAD AFTER DAY ONE OF THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Richard Sterne fired a superb 8-under-par 64 to open up a one-stroke lead over Kurt Kitayama after the first day of the Dubai Desert Classic, with Ryder Cup stars...

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HATTON AND ROSE DIALLED IN FOR DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

English Ryder Cup pair Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose are fully focused on the task in hand at this week's Dubai Desert Classic – with Rose making his first...

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GLOBAL SUPERSTARS CONFIRMED FOR 2021 DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

World-leading stars, including two of the world's top 10 are set to descend on Dubai for the 32nd staging of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club from...

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KIDS TAKE CONTROL AT DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

School children from seven UAE-based schools treated to a golfing masterclass on the driving range from Erik Van Rooyen and Matthias Schwab Children aged 17 and under given free entry...

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Hero MotoCorp to become Title Partner of the Dubai Desert Classic

Hero MotoCorp has today been confirmed as the new Title Partner of the Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event of the 2023 DP World Tour season...

READ MORE >>
2019 Open Champion Winner Shane Lowry Amongst Latest Stars Added To Dubai Desert Classic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 December 2022: The Dubai Desert Classic has today announced that 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, along with fellow DP World Tour stars Tommy Fleetwood, Ryan Fox and Tyrrell Hatton, will compete in January’s Rolex Series event; joining previously announced World Number One Rory McIlroy...

READ MORE >>
World Number One Rory McIlroy Confirmed for 2023 Dubai Desert Classic

Organisers of the Dubai Desert Classic have today announced world number one and two- time champion Rory McIlroy will play in next year’s tournament with free admission tickets and early bird discounts for hospitality packages now available online...

READ MORE >>
Viktor-ious! Hovland bags maiden Dubai Desert Classic with thrilling play-off win over Bland

Viktor Hovland shot the lowest round of the day before holding his nerve in a thrilling play-off against surprise package Richard Bland to claim a maiden Dubai Desert Classic title in front of thousands of spectators on a packed Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

READ MORE >>
Dubai Desert Classic all-set for 'Super Sunday' showdown

The Dubai Desert Classic is set for a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, with more than a dozen players within potential striking distance of the Dallah Trophy after a dramatic afternoon of ‘moving day’ scoring on a sun-drenched Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

READ MORE >>
SOUTH AFRICA'S HARDING AHEAD BY TWO AT DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Overnight joint-leader Justin Harding claimed the outright clubhouse lead in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic after a host of potential challengers failed to capitalise at Emirates Golf Club on Friday...

READ MORE >>
One-derful! Fantastic Fox fires hole-in-one at Dubai Desert Classic

Ryan Fox lit up the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic and entered the Majlis Course history books today, as the New Zealander recorded the first hole-in-one at the DP World Tour's new-look Rolex Series event at Emirates Golf Club...

READ MORE >>
Grassroot Gains: Next generation of local talent take swing at special Emirates Golf Federation clinic during Dubai Desert Classic

With some of the biggest names in world golf vying for glory in this week's Dubai Desert Classic, the UAE's next generation of golfing talent today experienced a special Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) clinic in partnership with the Peter Cowen Academy...

READ MORE >>
'Comfortable' McIlroy relishing fight for third Majlis Course title at revamped Dubai Desert Classic

Ahead of the opening day of the revamped $8 million Dubai Desert Classic, four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy is looking to capitalise on the good feelings ...

READ MORE >>
No pain, no gain: Football and F1 stars feel the nerves in Dubai Desert Classic pro-am

Under blissful January sunshine, day two of the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am saw an assortment of English Premier League footballers...

READ MORE >>
Local heroes set to mix it with the world's best at the Majlis

The UAE will be well represented at this week's Dubai Desert Classic with two talented young local heroes, Ahmad Skaik and Josh Hill, teeing it up alongside some of the world's best golfers on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club...

READ MORE >>
Sergio Garcia surges into share of clubhouse lead with Morikawa lurking

Spanish ace Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champion, once again showed just why he loves playing the Majlis course, posting a blemish-free five-under par 67 to grab a share of the first-round clubhouse lead...

READ MORE >>
Hot Hansen opens up lead over chasing pack on the Majlis

Denmark's JB Hansen carded a sensational bogey-free seven-under to claim the overnight lead over a chasing pack that includes 2017 champion Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup team-mate Tommy Fleetwood...

READ MORE >>
Liverpool 3 – 1 Schwartzel

Premier League stars revel in tackling immaculate Majlis Course ahead of Dubai Desert Classic...

READ MORE >>
GOLF'S WORLD NO. 2 CHECKS INTO THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW!

Reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa, the world's number two ranked golfer, today took time out from preparing for this week's Dubai Desert Classic to tour Expo 2020 Dubai – the world's 'greatest show'...

READ MORE >>
Casey hits the heights with victory in JA Lake View Hotel's Rooftop Charity Challenge

Reigning Dubai Desert Classic champion Paul Casey warmed up for his title defence in style on Monday with a thrilling victory in the JA Lake View Hotel's Charity Rooftop Challenge at JA The Resort Dubai

READ MORE >>
Dubai Desert Classic launches new 'Sustainability Sunday' to showcase tournament's green initiatives and commitment to environmental responsibility

Dubai Desert Classic launches new 'Sustainability Sunday' to showcase tournament's green initiatives and commitment to environmental responsibility...

READ MORE >>
Global stars gather for new era at 2022 Dubai Desert Classic

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 defending champion Paul Casey as a new era begins at Emirates Golf Club from January 27-30...

READ MORE >>
Fleetwood and Scott confirmed for 2022 Dubai Desert Classic

Former European Number One Tommy Fleetwood and Major winner Adam Scott are the latest global stars to join the field for the Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event of the 2022 DP World Tour season...

READ MORE >>
McIlroy commits to Dubai Desert Classic

Four-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy, is returning to Emirates Golf Club in January in a bid to win his third Dubai Desert Classic title...

READ MORE >>
CASEY, GARCIA, AND MORIKAWA COMMIT TO 2022 DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

World Number Two Collin Morikawa and fellow Major winner Sergio Garcia are amongst the top-ranked global stars confirmed to join defending champion Paul Casey...

READ MORE >>
TOP COLLEGIATE PLAYER IN PGA TOUR UNIVERSITY TO RECEIVE EXEMPTION INTO DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – At the end of the 2021 fall college golf season, the top-ranked player in the Velocity Global Ranking as of November 17 will earn a sponsor exemption...

READ MORE >>
PAUL CASEY SEALS IMPRESSIVE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC VICTORY

Paul Casey superbly closed out his 15th victory on the European Tour with a confident four-shot win over Brandon Stone at the 2021 Dubai Desert Classic. The Englishman carded...

READ MORE >>
PAUL CASEY ROARS INTO THE LEAD AT THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Paul Casey carded a stunning best-of-the-day 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Robert MacIntyre into the final round of the 2021 Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf...

READ MORE >>
THOMAS DETRY TAKES THE HALF-WAY LEAD AT THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Belgium's Thomas Detry fired a flawless 5-under-par 67 to get to 10-under-par and lead by one stroke ahead of Robert MacIntyre at the half-way stage of the Dubai Desert...

READ MORE >>
RICHARD STERNE RACES INTO THE LEAD AFTER DAY ONE OF THE DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

Richard Sterne fired a superb 8-under-par 64 to open up a one-stroke lead over Kurt Kitayama after the first day of the Dubai Desert Classic, with Ryder Cup stars...

READ MORE >>
HATTON AND ROSE DIALLED IN FOR DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

English Ryder Cup pair Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose are fully focused on the task in hand at this week's Dubai Desert Classic – with Rose making his first...

READ MORE >>
GLOBAL SUPERSTARS CONFIRMED FOR 2021 DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

World-leading stars, including two of the world's top 10 are set to descend on Dubai for the 32nd staging of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club from...

READ MORE >>
KIDS TAKE CONTROL AT DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

School children from seven UAE-based schools treated to a golfing masterclass on the driving range from Erik Van Rooyen and Matthias Schwab Children aged 17 and under given free entry...

READ MORE >>
  1. 2022 – Viktor Hovland:

    FIRST NORWEGIAN WINNER

    Became the first Norwegian winner of a Rolex Series event as he defeated Richard Bland in a play-off to win the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic.

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  2. 2021 - Paul Casey:

    CASEY’S FOUR-SHOT WIN

    Paul Casey wrapped up his 15th victory on the European Tour with a confident four-shot win. With a birdie on the 18th, he closed with an exclamation point, sealing his title.

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  3. 2020 - Lucas Herbert:

    AUSTRALIA DAY TRIUMPH

    The high winds and rain didn’t deter Lucas Herbert who proved the most resilient, triumphing in the first extended Desert Classic in a decade to play-off against Christiaan Bezuidenhout. The 24-year-old from Bendigo, Victoria, clinched the title on Australian Day making his achievement all the more remarkable.

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  4. 2019 - Bryson DeChambeau:

    THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL WIN

    Bryson DeChambeau dominates in Dubai for first International win closing 8-under-par 64 to set a tournament record. His 24-under 264 total for a seven-shot win bettered by one the 72-hole record Haotong Li set last year.

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  5. 2018 - Haotong Li:

    AN ASIAN FIRST

    China’s Haotong Li birdied four of his last six holes to beat Rory McIlroy by one shot and become the first Asian winner of the event with a record score of 23-under-par.

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  6. 2017 - Sergio Garcia:

    SERGIO STORM

    Sergio Garcia completes a wire-to-wire three-shot win over Open champion Henrik Stenson after a closing 69, becoming the sixth Spaniard to win the tournament which saw high winds gusting in excess of 60 kmph, force suspension of play on Friday after the tournament top-draws Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods (after round one) were forced to pull out through injury.

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  7. 2016 - Danny Willett:

    CLUTCH PUTT

    England’s Danny Willett closes with a 69, highlighted by a pressure-packed 15-feet birdie putt on the closing hole, to finish 19-under par, winning his first Desert Classic, one shot ahead of compatriot Andy Sullivan and playing partner Rafa Cabrera Bello.

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  8. 2015 - Rory McIlroy:

    ROARING FEAT

    A good four shots ahead overnight, Rory McIlroy closed with a 70 to win his second Desert Classic on 22-under 266 total that matched the lowest score in the history of the tournament, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjørn in 2001.

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  9. 2014 - Stephen Gallacher:

    SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE

    After blowing a two-shot overnight lead, Scotland’s Gallacher made four birdies down the stretch en route to a 72 to finish 16 under and become the first player to successfully defend the Desert Classic on the event’s 25th anniversary.

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  10. 2013 - Stephen Gallacher:

    EAGLES FLY

    Stephen Gallacher of Scotland holes his approach to the par-4 16th on the final day for his fifth eagle of the week to hold off Richard Sterne and win his second European Tour title after a nine-year wait.

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  11. 2012 - Rafa Cabrera Bello:

    MORE SPANISH GLORY

    A scintillating 63 in the opening round sets up victory for Rafa Cabrera Bello. Records the third consecutive Spanish win and fifth overall.

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  12. 2011 - Alvaro Quiros:

    ACES GALORE

    The event, won by Alvaro Quiros, witnesses four holes-in-one, all in separate rounds, including one by the winner on the final day.

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  13. 2010 - Miguel Angel Jimenez:

    NERVY FINISH

    Evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez courageously edges out European No 1 Lee Westwood at the third play-off hole after the pair had topped the leaderboard at 11-under par, 1 shot clear of Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.

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  14. 2009 - Rory McIlroy:

    RORY GLORY

    Rory McIlroy records his first European Tour victory and first win on a major tour, aged 19 years when he gets up and down from the greenside bunker on the closing hole for the par he needs to edge past Justin Rose.

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  15. 2008 - Tiger Woods:

    STUNNING COMEBACK

    Five shots adrift going to the back nine, Tiger Woods produces an amazing birdie blitz and seals the title when he converts a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

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  16. 2007 - Henrik Stenson:

    SWEDE SUCCESS

    Playing all four rounds in the company of three-time champion, Ernie Els, Dubai resident Henrik Stenson birdies the final hole to edge out his celebrated playing partner and pre- tournament favourite Tiger Woods.

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  17. 2006 - Tiger Woods:

    TIGER TIME

    The inevitable finally happens with Tiger Woods inscribing his name on the trophy at his third attempt. Two behind with two to play, he drives the 17th for birdie and picks up another shot on the 18th to force a play-off with Ernie Els where a par is enough to claim victory.

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  18. 2005 - Ernie Els:

    ELS’ EAGLE

    Ernie Els overturns a one-shot deficit on the final hole, rolling in a 20-foot eagle putt to edge out Stephen Dodd and Miguel Angel Jimenez for his third win in Dubai.

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  19. 2004 - Mark O’Meara:

    AGELESS

    Tiger Woods returns, but it is his friend and mentor Mark O’Meara, who seals victory thanks to a stunning wedge to eight feet on the closing hole. Becomes the oldest champion at age 47.

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  20. 2003 - Robert-Jan Derksen:

    DUTCH DELIGHT

    Ernie Els almost makes the first successful defence in tournament history but can’t get up and down on the last, handing the title to Robert-Jan Derksen, who is almost 600 places behind him in world rankings.

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  21. 2002 - Ernie Els:

    WHO ELS!

    Ernie Els goes one better than Montgomerie’s 1996 Miracle Shot when he blasts a four-iron through the trees on the 18th hole on the second day to 30 feet. The resulting eagle sets the tone for the weekend and a four-shot win, his second in Dubai.

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  22. 2001 - Thomas Bjørn:

    BJORN TO WIN

    With a return to its original home, Thomas Bjørn displays a granite resolve to complement his huge talent to beat the world No 1. Plays all four days in the company of Tiger Woods who debuts in the Middle East. Bjorn’s 22-under par total is still a record – held jointly with Stephen Gallacher (2013) and Rory McIlroy (2015).

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  23. 2000 - Jose Coceres:

    COCERES WINDFALL

    Jose Coceres of Argentina, who won $50,000 for his hole-in-one in 1992, lands the big one with a two-shot win.

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  24. 1999 - David Howell:

    HOWELL ON A HIGH

    The change of tournament venue to Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club produces a win for David Howell as he holds his nerve to win by a four from a surging Lee Westwood.

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  25. 1998 - Jose Maria Olazabal:

    COURAGEOUS OLLY

    Suffering from pharyngitis, Jose Maria Olazabal survived on yoghurt and fruit juice, but this failed to prevent the courageous Spaniard from going the full distance. Three off the pace going into the final round, Olazabal closes with a 69 to hold off Stephen Allan, Ernie Els and overnight leader Robert Karlsson.

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  26. 1997 - Richard Green:

    GREEN GIANT

    Richard Green beats two greats – Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam – in a play-off to become the first ‘lefty’ to land the title.

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  27. 1996 - Colin Montgomerie:

    MONTY MIRACLE

    Colin Montgomerie secures victory thanks to his European Tour ‘Shot of the Year’ – a 265-yard driver off the fairway on the closing hole, setting up a two-putt birdie and a place on the roll of honour.

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  28. 1995 - Fred Couples:

    CLASSIC COUPLES

    Fred Couples becomes the first American to win in Dubai. Stunning approach shots to set up tap-in birdies on the 9th and 12th highlight his victory after he missed the cut the previous year.

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  29. 1994 - Ernie Els:

    COURSE RECORD

    Ernie Els shoots a sizzling 11-under 61 in the first round, highlighted by 12 birdies and just 21 putts, en route to his first European Tour success. This course record still stands, 20 years on. The affable South African since progressed to become the only three-time winner of the event.

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  30. 1993 - Wayne Westner:

    WAYNE’S WORLD

    South Africa’s Wayne Westner becomes the first non-European winner and posts his first European Tour win, seeing off a determined challenge from compatriot Retief Goosen and defending champion Seve Ballesteros.

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  31. 1992 - Seve Ballesteros:

    SEVE MAGIC

    The great Seve Ballesteros is two off pace with six to play on the final day, single putts each of the remaining holes to force a play-off with playing partner Ronan Rafferty, which he wins thanks to a 15-foot birdie on the second play-off hole

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  32. 1990 - Eamonn Darcy:

    ACE IN THE PACK

    Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez records the first hole-in-one in the tournament’s history, holing out on the 4th but Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy lands the overall honours with a 4-shot victory.

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  33. 1989 - Mark James:

    MAKING A MARK

    The Dubai Desert Classic becomes the first tournament in the European Tour’s history to be played in the Middle East or Asia. Mark James walks into the history books, becoming the first golfer to inscribe his name on the trophy.

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