Dubai Desert Classic

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Tournament information
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Established 1989
Course(s) Emirates Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,316 yards (6,690 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $2,500,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Thomas Bjørn (2001)
266 Stephen Gallacher (2013)
To par −22 Thomas Bjørn (2001)
−22 Stephen Gallacher (2013)
Current champion
Scotland Stephen Gallacher

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is an annual professional golf tournament which takes place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It has been part of the European Tour schedule since its inauguration in 1989, and was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Middle East. Except for the 1999 and 2000 editions, which were held at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, it has been played on the "Majlis" course at Emirates Golf Club.

The event, promoted and organised by golf in Dubai, is noted for attracting some of the biggest stars in the world of golf. Ernie Els has had the most success, having won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on three occasions. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

The 1995 edition was the first live event broadcast on Golf Channel.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Country
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
2014 Stephen Gallacher (2)  Scotland 272 (−16) 1 stroke Emiliano Grillo  Argentina
2013 Stephen Gallacher  Scotland 266 (−22) 3 strokes Richard Sterne  South Africa
2012 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 270 (−18) 1 stroke Stephen Gallacher  Scotland
Lee Westwood  England
2011 Álvaro Quirós  Spain 277 (−11) 1 stroke Anders Hansen  Denmark
James Kingston  South Africa
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 277 (−11) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Lee Westwood  England
Dubai Desert Classic
2009 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 269 (−19) 1 stroke Justin Rose  England
2008 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 274 (−14) 1 stroke Martin Kaymer  Germany
2007 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 269 (−19) 1 stroke Ernie Els  South Africa
2006 Tiger Woods  United States 269 (−19) Playoff
(1st hole)
Ernie Els  South Africa
2005 Ernie Els (3)  South Africa 269 (−19) 1 stroke Stephen Dodd  Wales
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain
2004 Mark O'Meara  United States 271 (−17) 1 stroke Paul McGinley  Ireland
2003 Robert-Jan Derksen  Netherlands 271 (−17) 1 stroke Ernie Els  South Africa
2002 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 272 (−16) 4 strokes Niclas Fasth  Sweden
2001 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 266 (−22) 2 strokes Pádraig Harrington  Ireland
Tiger Woods  United States
2000 José Cóceres  Argentina 274 (−14) 2 strokes Paul McGinley  Ireland
Patrik Sjöland  Sweden
1999 David Howell  England 275 (−13) 4 strokes Lee Westwood  England
1998 José María Olazábal  Spain 269 (−19) 3 strokes Stephen Allen  Australia
1997 Richard Green  Australia 272 (−16) Playoff
(1st hole)
Greg Norman  Australia
Ian Woosnam  Wales
1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 270 (−18) 1 stroke Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain
1995 Fred Couples  United States 268 (−20) 3 strokes Colin Montgomerie  Scotland
1994 Ernie Els  South Africa 268 (−20) 6 strokes Greg Norman  Australia
1993 Wayne Westner  South Africa 274 (−14) 2 strokes Retief Goosen  South Africa
1992 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 272 (−16) Playoff
(2nd hole)
Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland
Emirates Airlines Desert Classic
1990 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 276 (−12) 4 strokes David Feherty  Northern Ireland
Karl Litten Desert Classic
1989 Mark James  England 277 (−11) Playoff
(1st hole)
Peter O'Malley  Australia

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