Stars out in force for Clas­sic’s 30th birthday

Sport360 - - News | Agl - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ [email protected]

Euro­pean Ry­der Cup star Tommy Fleet­wood will play in the 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Clas­sic, re­in­forc­ing its sta­tus as the ‘Ma­jor of the Mid­dle East’.

Fleet­wood will be joined by fel­low Ry­der Cup stars, past and present, in­clud­ing Ser­gio Gar­cia, Hen­rik Sten­son, Ian Poul­ter, Tyrrell Hat­ton, Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen, Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood, Miguel An­gel Jimenez and Colin Mont­gomerie, in what will be a star-stud­ded field as the world’s best com­pete for the fa­mous Dal­lah tro­phy in what will be the event’s 30th year.

Omega Dubai Desert Clas­sic 2017 cham­pion Gar­cia tri­umphed ear­lier this year as the all-time high­est points scorer in Paris, be­com­ing the most suc­cess­ful Ry­der Cup player in his­tory.

The Spa­niard was the sec­ond Omega Dubai Desert Clas­sic cham­pion who then went on to win The Masters, af­ter Danny Wil­lett ac­com­plished the same in 2016. In a twist of fate, both Gar­cia’s and Wil­lett’s cad­dies were as­signed the No89 – the same year the Desert Clas­sic was born.

Reign­ing cham­pion Hao­tong Li will re­turn to Dubai to de­fend his ti­tle. The 23-year-old from China be­came the first Asian golfer to win the event in 2018 when he beat four-time Ma­jor win­ner Rory McIl­roy by one stroke. Euro­pean Tour Rookie of the Year 2018, Shub­hankar Sharma, is con­firmed to join fel­low UAE-based am­a­teur Ray­han Thomas as well as Jo­van Re­bula, the Bri­tish am­a­teur cham­pion and nephew of the only three­time cham­pion, Ernie Els.

Cur­rent No1 in the Race to Dubai rank­ings, Aaron Rai has his sights on the fa­mous Dal­lah tro­phy along with Rafa Cabr­era Bello, Louis Oosthuizen, Eddie Pep­perell, Matt Fitz­patrick, Matt Wal­lace and Andy Sul­li­van. David Spencer, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor, said: “We are look­ing for­ward to en­sur­ing that our 30th edi­tion con­tin­ues to en­hance Dubai’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a world class golf­ing des­ti­na­tion.”

30 The 2019 edi­tion of the Dubai Desert Clas­sic will be its 30th

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