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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]

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
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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
Aggregate264 Bryson DeChambeau
To par−24 as above
United States Bryson DeChambeau
Emirates Golf Club is located in United Arab Emirates
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club

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]

WinnersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.

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