Rory McIlroy to defend his title as Dubai Desert Classic champion

Posted: 04-Jan-17 09:45

An exciting time for golf lovers is just around the corner with the beginning of Middle East swing in January and February. Some big names will be participating in the 2017 event, including Irish pro Rory McIlroy who will be looking to maintain his record as four-times major champion of the Dubai Desert Classic competition, which will be the final competition of the three-event tour.

Rory McIlroy to defend his title as Dubai Desert Classic champion

Three big Middle Eastern cities will be hosting some of the world’s most important golfing tournaments during the first months of the upcoming 2017: the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Qatar Masters and the Dubai Desert Classic.

This last event will be attended by international golf stars, including Irish legend, Rory McIlroy who is set to win the trophy next year and maintain his incredible record as the number one winner of the Dubai tournament. Already a four-time champion, McIlroy is excited to offer fans a great game of golf when he competes in the $2.65 million event.

After winning the event in 2009 and 2015, McIlroy is hoping to keep up his proud record. The Northern Irish pro has finished in the top 10 in each of his seven previous visits to the Emirates Golf Club and looks forward to the 2017 competition. During a recent news release, McIlroy stated:

“I have great memories of this tournament. I made the cut here for the first time in a European Tour event as a 17-year-old amateur in 2007 and it was here I secured my first professional win two years later. I will always cherish those important moments in the early part of my career. That first win was a real stepping-stone for me, helping my confidence and leading to the successes that followed.”

Though McIlroy is ready and determined to win once again, he will not have an easy path to victory as important rivals will also be swinging for the trophy. Henrik Stenson, British Open champion and world number four and Danny Willett, U.S. Masters winner who lifted the Dubai Classic trophy last year, will be competing in the field of the impressive Emirates Golf Club.

Golf lovers can keep track of these exciting competitions from mid January to the beginning of February. Dubai Desert Classic will be taking place form 2nd to 5th February and will be closing the Middle Eastern Tour; the Abu Dhabi Championship will kick off the tour from 19th to 22nd January and the Qatar Masters will come second from 26th January to 29th January.


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