Dubai Desert Classic

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic
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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 fund$3,250,000 (in 2019)
Month playedJanuary, February
Tournament record score
Aggregate264 Bryson DeChambeau
To par−24 as above
Current champion
United States Bryson DeChambeau
Emirates Golf Club is located in United Arab Emirates
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club

The Omega 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]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up 1st prize ($) Purse ($)
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
2019 Bryson DeChambeau  United States 264 −24 7 strokes England Matt Wallace 541,660 3,250,000
2018 Li Haotong  China 265 −23 1 stroke Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 500,100 3,000,000
2017 Sergio García  Spain 269 −19 3 strokes Sweden Henrik Stenson 441,755 2,650,000
2016 Danny Willett  England 269 −19 1 stroke Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello
England Andy Sullivan
441,755 2,650,000
2015 Rory McIlroy (2)  Northern Ireland 266 −22 3 strokes Sweden Alexander Norén 441,755 2,650,000
2014 Stephen Gallacher (2)  Scotland 272 −16 1 stroke Argentina Emiliano Grillo 416,750 2,500,000
2013 Stephen Gallacher  Scotland 266 −22 3 strokes South Africa Richard Sterne 416,750 2,500,000
2012 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 270 −18 1 stroke Scotland Stephen Gallacher
England Lee Westwood
€1,924,297
2011 Álvaro Quirós  Spain 277 −11 1 stroke Denmark Anders Hansen
South Africa James Kingston
€1,837,825
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 277 −11 Playoff England Lee Westwood €1,765,104
Dubai Desert Classic
2009 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 269 −19 1 stroke England Justin Rose €1,930,002
2008 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 274 −14 1 stroke Germany Martin Kaymer € 1,700,703
2007 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 269 −19 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els € 1,840,535
2006 Tiger Woods  United States 269 −19 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els € 1,996,325
2005 Ernie Els (3)  South Africa 269 −19 1 stroke Wales Stephen Dodd
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
€ 1,692,172
2004 Mark O'Meara  United States 271 −17 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley € 1,607,591
2003 Robert-Jan Derksen  Netherlands 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els € 1,778,109
2002 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 272 −16 4 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth € 1,664,545
2001 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 266 −22 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
United States Tiger Woods
€ 1,619,414
2000 José Cóceres  Argentina 274 −14 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
Sweden Patrik Sjöland
€ 1,393,529
1999 David Howell  England 275 −13 4 strokes England Lee Westwood € 1,191,785
1998 José María Olazábal  Spain 269 −19 3 strokes Australia Stephen Allan € 1,106,678
1997 Richard Green  Australia 272 −16 Playoff Australia Greg Norman
Wales Ian Woosnam
€ 988,778
1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 270 −18 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez € 914,087
1995 Fred Couples  United States 268 −20 3 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie € 633,763
1994 Ernie Els  South Africa 268 −20 6 strokes Australia Greg Norman € 636,556
1993 Wayne Westner  South Africa 274 −14 2 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen € 564,172
1992 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 272 −16 Playoff Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty € 495,802
Emirates Airlines Desert Classic
1991 No tournament
1990 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 276 −12 4 strokes Northern Ireland David Feherty € 386,897
Karl Litten Desert Classic
1989 Mark James  England 277 −11 Playoff Australia Peter O'Malley € 352,391

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.

External links[edit]

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