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 7,319 yards (6,692 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $2,650,000
Month played January, February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Thomas Bjørn (2001)
266 Stephen Gallacher (2013)
266 Rory McIlroy (2015)
To par −22 Thomas Bjørn (2001)
−22 Stephen Gallacher (2013)
−22 Rory McIlroy (2015)
Current champion
England Danny Willett
Emirates Golf Club is located in United Arab Emirates
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club

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 To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
2016 Danny Willett  England 269 −19 1 stroke Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello
England Andy Sullivan
2015 Rory McIlroy (2)  Northern Ireland 266 −22 3 strokes Sweden Alexander Norén
2014 Stephen Gallacher (2)  Scotland 272 −16 1 stroke Argentina Emiliano Grillo
2013 Stephen Gallacher  Scotland 266 −22 3 strokes South Africa Richard Sterne
2012 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 270 −18 1 stroke Scotland Stephen Gallacher
England Lee Westwood
2011 Álvaro Quirós  Spain 277 −11 1 stroke Denmark Anders Hansen
South Africa James Kingston
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 277 −11 Playoff England Lee Westwood
Dubai Desert Classic
2009 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 269 −19 1 stroke England Justin Rose
2008 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 274 −14 1 stroke Germany Martin Kaymer
2007 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 269 −19 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
2006 Tiger Woods  United States 269 −19 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els
2005 Ernie Els (3)  South Africa 269 −19 1 stroke Wales Stephen Dodd
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2004 Mark O'Meara  United States 271 −17 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
2003 Robert-Jan Derksen  Netherlands 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
2002 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 272 −16 4 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth
2001 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 266 −22 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
United States Tiger Woods
2000 José Cóceres  Argentina 274 −14 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
Sweden Patrik Sjöland
1999 David Howell  England 275 −13 4 strokes England Lee Westwood
1998 José María Olazábal  Spain 269 −19 3 strokes Australia Stephen Allan
1997 Richard Green  Australia 272 −16 Playoff Australia Greg Norman
Wales Ian Woosnam
1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 270 −18 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
1995 Fred Couples  United States 268 −20 3 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1994 Ernie Els  South Africa 268 −20 6 strokes Australia Greg Norman
1993 Wayne Westner  South Africa 274 −14 2 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen
1992 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 272 −16 Playoff Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
Emirates Airlines Desert Classic
1991 No tournament
1990 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 276 −12 4 strokes Northern Ireland David Feherty
Karl Litten Desert Classic
1989 Mark James  England 277 −11 Playoff Australia Peter O'Malley

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