Global stars gather for new era at 2022 Dubai Desert Classic


Ian Poulter (above), Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Collin Morikawa are among the top players to compete in Dubai Desert Classic.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Major winners, Ryder Cup stars and former champions will headline a star-studded field at Dubai Desert Classic, as the iconic event is elevated to the DP World Tour’s signature Rolex Series of tournaments for the first time in 2022.

World Number two and reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy are among the world’s best who will join defending champion Paul Casey as a new era begins at Emirates Golf Club from January 27-30. 

World number six Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to play in the Ryder Cup last year. He will make his second appearance at the event, alongside team-mates Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger, as well as their Captain, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington.

The 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, who also made his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits, will join Europe’s all-time leading points scorer and fellow Major winner Sergio Garcia in the field, with the Spaniard aiming to lift the famous Dallah trophy for the second time.

Danny Willett is seeking to achieve the same feat, with the Englishman setting the precedent for Garcia by winning at the Emirates Golf Club just months before securing the Green Jacket.

It promises to be a memorable anniversary for another former winner at Augusta National, with the 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott returning to the event exactly 20 years after his last appearance in 2002. Meanwhile, the 2011 Green Jacket winner, Charl Schwartzel, makes his eighth appearance and his first since 2010., the logistics technology provider that is revolutionising the way global supply chains work, is the new title sponsor of the Dubai Desert Classic, an event which boasts a glittering list of former winners.

Amongst those once again teeing it up this month are 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, victorious European Ryder Cup Captains Thomas Bjorn and Colin Montgomerie, Spanish Ryder Cup stars Rafa Cabrera Bello and Miguel Angel Jimenez and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher – the only player to have lifted the trophy in consecutive seasons.

Simon Corkill, Executive Tournament Director, Dubai Desert Classic, said: “This year’s Dubai Desert Classic has attracted some of the world’s best golfers, and we look forward to welcoming a world-class international field for a truly memorable edition of the event. With free entry for spectators this year, a first for the tournament, there is sure to be an incredible atmosphere befitting the elevated status of a Rolex Series event on the DP World Tour.


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