The second Rolex Series of the season, the Dubai Desert Classic will begin this Thursday at the Emirates Golf Club. Stars, new greens and a solid tricolor contingent are there. Rory, Collin, Paul and the others No doubt, the Slync. Io Dubai Desert Classic is not one of the most popular events of the season for nothing. In addition to world number 2 Collin Morikawa, who is coming out of any week in Abu Dhabi, the tournament shows a entry list high-flying. Rory McIlroy, very comfortable in this tournament, is there, as is defending champion Paul Casey or the very fit world number 5 Viktor Hovland (two wins in his last four outings).
Sergio Garcia also made the trip from the USA and the usual Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood or Henrik Stenson are also at the start. The Belgian Thomas Pieters, winner last week is at the party and didn’t take long to get back to work. Gaffe also to Rafa Cabrera Bello who finished second in Abu Dhabi and has already won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2012.
3 Only three members of the world’s top 10 are present this week: Collin Morikawa (2nd), Viktor Hovland (5th) and Rory McIlroy (9th). There are still 12 players in the world’s top 50 in Dubai. The Blues at the rendezvous Seven French are at the start of this Dubai Desert Classic. They will of course be led by Victor Perez, still the best Frenchman in the world rankings (87th). read also Swing podcast: Dubuisson finally starved to death But all eyes will undoubtedly be on the very fit Victor Dubuisson. The Cannois comes out of a very solid week in Abu Dhabi for his recovery. However, he has never been very comfortable on the Majilis course at the Emirates Golf Club. In seven tournament appearances, Dubuisson has never done better than 31st in 2011 and even missed the cut five times. 4 Of all the French competitors, it was Alexander Levy who posted the best result in this event. He finished 4th there in 2018 and even 9th last year, just like Antoine Rozner. Romain Langasque, Antoine Rozner and Alexander Levy are joined by Matthieu Pavon and Julien Guerrier who have extricated themselves from the clutches of the Covid. Julien Brun, present on site, and who even offered himself recognition in the company of Colin Montgomerie, was still third reserve at the time of this publication. Brand new greens The 18 greens of the Majilis course have been rebuilt for this 2022 edition. So the experience bonus for players with multiple Desert Classics is over. The greens in particular have been enlarged to provide more flag positions. On average, the European Tour announces an increase of nearly 1/3 on all greens dancefloors. Two of them were also vandalized a few weeks before the tournament (15 and 17), but according to the players on site nothing is more visible. read also All golf news