Northern Ireland’s professional golfer Rory McIlroy last week was victorious at the Dubai Desert Classic, which took place January 29 to 01 February; he reclaimed a title he last won in 2009. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is an annual professional golf tournament (with USD$2.5 million in prize money) that is part of the European Tour schedule.
McIlroy’s game appeared stronger and more solid than ever, as he actually played better than last time he secured the win. This year, he was three strokes better than his nearest competitor Swedish professional golfer Alex Norén; whereas, in 2009, McIlroy was victorious over South African-born English professional golfer Justin Rose by a single stroke.
McIlroy’s second time win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club saw a final score of 266 (-22 under par); it ties the best ever tallied score for four rounds of golf ever played on the “Majlis” course at Emirates Golf Club. Rounds of 66, 64 and 66 have given the Northern Irishman a four-shot lead, until the final round where he shot a 70; his consistency during the tournament four days allowed him to win three strokes over his nearest rival. Even so, he made this statement to the press: “I got the job done, that’s the most important thing.”
As current number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), McIlroy told the official European Tour website (www.europeantour.com) after his victory of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, “It’s nice to be able to put my name on that trophy again;” the trophy actually resembles a giant coffee pot cup. The total of the prize money he earned was € 378,779.
Rory McIlory’s win of the Dubai Desert Classic as well as the narrowly missed win at his 2015 opener in Abu Dhabi, where he took second place position at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, proves he is the man to beat this year in golf. McIlroy appears to be in top form to dominate a field full of the world’s best golfers; after all, he has been no. 1 since July of 2014.
McIlroy is now off to Palm Beach for the February 26 to 01 March golf event: The Honda Class (PGA Tour). The media says he’s the man everyone will try to beat, but that does not scare him at all. In response, McIlroy just says, “I guess if they are going to beat me, they’re going to have to play well.” We will just have to wait and see who ends up as the winner on the golf course.