The European Tour continues its run through the United Arab Emirates this week at the Dubai Desert Classic. Last year, Li Haotong outdueled Rory McIlroy by one stroke to earn his second career European Tour title. He’s back to defend his title against a field that includes some of the best players in the world, including 5th in the World Rankings, Bryson DeChambeau. Former Dubai Desert Classic winners in the field include Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez, as well as 2007 champion Henrik Stenson.
Since this tournament began in 1989, the Emirates Golf Club has been the host course. It is the first grass golf course ever built in the Middle East, and the club as a whole features 36 holes of championship golf. Despite being one of the longer courses played, the scores at Emirates Golf Club are typically low, with the last 5 winning scores ranging from 16- to 22-under par.
Players to Watch:
Shane Lowry: The winner last week in Abu Dhabi, the 31-year-old Irishman was in a bit of a slump before his brilliant performance. Playing on a similar golf course in the same country, this is a great opportunity for him to keep his momentum going.
Louis Oosthuizen: He has had a great start to his 2019 season, with a win in the South African Open, a tie for 7th at the Alfred Dunhill, and solo 4th last week. He has consistently been one of the best players in the game, and there’s no reason he can’t post another strong finish this week.