Dubai Desert Classic

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Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic
Tournament information
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Established1989
Course(s)Emirates Golf Club
Par72
Length7,319 yards (6,692 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$8,000,000
Month playedJanuary
Tournament record score
Aggregate264 Bryson DeChambeau
To par−24 as above
Current champion
England Paul Casey
Location Map
Emirates GC is located in United Arab Emirates
Emirates GC
Emirates GC
Location in the United Arab Emirates

The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic is a European Tour golf tournament held on Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 1999 and 2000 it was held at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, all other editions have been held at Emirates Golf Club. When founded in 1989, it was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Arabian Peninsula, but is currently one of six.[1]

The tournament is part of a wider strategy, via a government program called "Dubai Golf", to develop both professional and casual golf tourism in Dubai. It has historically had one of the strongest fields on the European Tour due to "promotional" money paid to top golfers.[2]

The 1995 edition is notable for being the first live event broadcast on the Golf Channel, an American pay-television network.[3]

In September 2021, it was announced that the event would gain a new title sponsor, Slync.io, in 2022. The event was also added to the Rolex Series, with an increased prize fund of US$8,000,000.[4]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse[a] Winner's
share[a]
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
2021 England Paul Casey 271 −17 4 strokes South Africa Brandon Stone 3,250,000 541,660
2020 Australia Lucas Herbert 279 −9 Playoff South Africa Christiaan Bezuidenhout 3,250,000 541,660
2019 United States Bryson DeChambeau 264 −24 7 strokes England Matt Wallace 3,250,000 541,660
2018 China Li Haotong 265 −23 1 stroke Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 3,000,000 500,100
2017 Spain Sergio García 269 −19 3 strokes Sweden Henrik Stenson 2,650,000 441,755
2016 England Danny Willett 269 −19 1 stroke Spain Rafa Cabrera-Bello
England Andy Sullivan
2,650,000 441,755
2015 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) 266 −22 3 strokes Sweden Alex Norén 2,650,000 441,755
2014 Scotland Stephen Gallacher (2) 272 −16 1 stroke Argentina Emiliano Grillo 2,500,000 416,750
2013 Scotland Stephen Gallacher 266 −22 3 strokes South Africa Richard Sterne 2,500,000 416,750
2012 Spain Rafa Cabrera-Bello 270 −18 1 stroke Scotland Stephen Gallacher
England Lee Westwood
1,924,297 315,532
2011 Spain Álvaro Quirós 277 −11 1 stroke Denmark Anders Hansen
South Africa James Kingston
1,837,825 301,353
2010 Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 277 −11 Playoff England Lee Westwood 1,765,104 296,500
Dubai Desert Classic
2009 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 269 −19 1 stroke England Justin Rose 1,930,002 323,515
2008 United States Tiger Woods (2) 274 −14 1 stroke Germany Martin Kaymer 1,700,703 283,965
2007 Sweden Henrik Stenson 269 −19 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els 1,840,535 309,862
2006 United States Tiger Woods 269 −19 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els 1,996,325 329,760
2005 South Africa Ernie Els (3) 269 −19 1 stroke Wales Stephen Dodd
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
1,692,172 277,878
2004 United States Mark O'Meara 271 −17 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley 1,607,591 267,929
2003 Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els 1,778,109 291,994
2002 South Africa Ernie Els (2) 272 −16 4 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth 1,664,545 273,336
2001 Denmark Thomas Bjørn 266 −22 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
United States Tiger Woods
1,619,414 265,153
2000 Argentina José Cóceres 274 −14 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
Sweden Patrik Sjöland
1,393,529 230,824
1999 England David Howell 275 −13 4 strokes England Lee Westwood 1,191,785 198,324
1998 Spain José María Olazábal 269 −19 3 strokes Australia Stephen Allan 1,106,678 182,000
1997 Australia Richard Green 272 −16 Playoff Australia Greg Norman
Wales Ian Woosnam
988,778 163,324
1996 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 270 −18 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 914,087 151,662
1995 United States Fred Couples 268 −20 3 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie 633,763 105,000
1994 South Africa Ernie Els 268 −20 6 strokes Australia Greg Norman 636,556 105,000
1993 South Africa Wayne Westner 274 −14 2 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen 564,172 93,324
1992 Spain Seve Ballesteros 272 −16 Playoff Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty 495,802 81,662
1991 Tournament cancelled due to the Gulf War[5]
Emirates Airlines Desert Classic
1990 Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy 276 −12 4 strokes Northern Ireland David Feherty 386,897 64,155
Karl Litten Desert Classic
1989 England Mark James 277 −11 Playoff Australia Peter O'Malley 352,391 58,324
  1. ^ a b Before 2013 the prize fund was always stated and paid in Euro (€). Since 2013 the prize fund has been stated and paid in United States dollar (US$).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Tour - Dubai Desert Classic - History". PGA European Tour. 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Dubai Golf History". Dubai Golf. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "1/17/1995: By a ceremonial flip of a switch, The Golf Channel launches by Co-Founders Arnold Palmer & Joe Gibbs". Golf History Today. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Slync.io becomes new title sponsor of the Dubai Desert Classic". European Tour. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Sport in brief | Golf". The Guardian. London, England. 16 January 1991. p. 16. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°05′10″N 55°09′40″E / 25.086°N 55.161°E / 25.086; 55.161