It is the first sortie of the new year by Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland, photo), world No. 1. McIlroy will participate in the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money of 9 million dollars) held at the Emirates Golf Club (par 72, 7428 yards) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for four days from the 26th (local time). .
McIlroy missed the Sentry Tournament of Champions of the PGA Tour, which ended on the 8th at the Kapalua Plantation Course (par 73) in Maui, Hawaii, USA. The 2023 season kicks off at the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy had one of his best years last season, winning three games and becoming FedEx Cup champion. This season, he participated in The CJ Cup in October of last year and achieved two consecutive victories.
McIlroy resisted the temptation of LIV Golf sponsored by Saudi Arabia and stayed on the PGA Tour. He stood on the PGA Tour side and confronted players moving over to LIV golf. In this tournament, players from the LIV series, Abraham Anser (Mexico), Ian Poulter 메이저사이트, Lee Westwood (above England), Patrick Reed (USA), and Henrik Stenson (Sweden), will compete in a shot match. McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015. “I want to lift the third championship trophy,” he said confidently.
Victor Perez (France) is aiming for a second win in a row. After winning the Dutch Open in May of last year at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi last week, it is an upward trend to win the DP World Tour for the third time in eight months. It is a revenge match for Lee Min-woo (Australia), the runner-up of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry (Ireland), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Tommy Fleetwood, and Tyrrell Hatton (above England) are also candidates for the championship.