Stars out in force for Classic’s 30th birthday
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