YGT’s best tips for who will win this week at the Dubai Desert Classic

Taking place at the incredible Majilis Course at Emirates Golf Club, The Dubai Desert Classic is one of the marquee events on the European Tour having first started in 1989 (won by Mark James who took home just over 50,000 euros with the victory).

Each year we see the cream of world golf take on the course which claims a rare accolade in that it also hosts both a European Tour and Ladies European Tour event during the course of the year. With the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and 2-time champion Stephen Gallacher in the field it looks sure to be a competitive event with low scoring. Having taken the title of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Champion last week at Doha Golf Club, Branden Grace will try to continue his form onto the 7,000+ yard layout.

Emirates Golf Club

Stats about Emirates Golf Club
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  • Yardage – 7,319 yards
  • Par – 72
  • Course Designer – Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas
  • Course Record – 61 (Ernie Els)
  • Low 72 hole score – -22 (Thomas Bjorn in 2001, Stephen Gallacher in 2013 & Rory McIlroy in 2015)
McIlroy, he can’t lose
[quote]Rory’s looking like he’s in fine fettle at the start of the season with a great showing in Abu Dhabi. McIlroy has also been in the UAE for a few weeks now so is certainly acclimatised to the incredible weather and golf courses on offer there. He’ll be the favourite as defending champion but I can’t see anyone beating him round the Emirates course this week.[/quote] Oliver, YGT Marketing

Rory McIlroy

3rd time lucky for Stephen Gallacher
[quote]You can’t really look past Rory at the minute but beyond him you have Stephen. He loves this place after winning it twice in recent years and last year was in the top 3 again. He had a rusty start to the season last week but with that out of the way I reckon he could do well this week over a course he can’t stop making a load of birdies on. My outsider for the title this week.[/quote] Chris, YGT Product

Andrew Johnston for first round leader
[quote]Andrew has been striking the ball well recently and got a great result in Qatar. He has had some solid performances since finishing 10th in the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open so I think he will improve on his Top 40 finish in this event last year. He might not beat McIlroy over four rounds but I’m certainly going to put some money on him as a first round leader.[/quote] Rick, YGT Product

The Iceman in the Desert
[quote]It’s hard to look past Rory McIlroy when it comes to picking the Dubai Desert Classic winner…he must have lost countless shots to the field on the greens in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago but was still within a whisker of the eventual winning score! If his putter gets even luke-warm I’d expect him to be there or there abouts at The Emirates GC but at such short odds, I’m going to lump my money on Henrik Stenson. Like Rory, Stenson seems to just love it out in the desert, with 3 previous wins in Dubai, plus one in Qatar, as well as a handful of runner up finishes in Abu Dhabi. Solo 2nd and T3 finishes in his last two European Tour outings also suggest the big Swede’s game is in a good place heading to the Majlis Course.[/quote] Rory, YGT Marketing
Henrik Stenson

The rising star of Byeong Hun An
[quote]An enjoys playing in the far east and is on good form as witnessed 2 weeks ago with his tied 5th finish in Abu Dhabi. He is a man for the big stage as his win in the BMW Championship at Wentworth showed, and has the class to mix it with the world’s best.[/quote] Daniel Youngs, YGT Product

The British Master
[quote]Matthew Fitzpatrick had an incredible 2015, winning his first ever European Tour Event at the British Masters in Woburn, thanks to a sponsor’s invite. He shot an impressive 15 under par over the 4 days and was able to follow up this form at the Hong Kong Open two weeks later finishing third. Matthew is one of golf’s rising stars with an impressive and last month was part of Team Europe at the EurAsia Cup. All eyes on Matthew Fitzpatrick this week.[/quote] Nick, YGT Marketing

Paul Lawrie…yes that’s right
[quote]Paul has had a strong showing in the Middle East already this year and was leading the field after 3 rounds at the Qatar Masters last month. A final round 78 put paid to his challenge there but he clearly enjoys this part of the season and has won twice in the region in previous years. Paul is a confidence player and is clearly playing well currently, so a strong showing again this week should not come as any real surprise.[/quote] Craig, YGT Product

Top 5 for The Belgian Bomber
[quote]Nicolas Colsaerts for me. After a disappointing season last year, the Belgian bomber is looking to find some of that form from a few years back, and showed glimpses last week of being able to compete for top spot again. What a showdown of long driving it would be if we had Rory vs Colsaerts neck and neck in the final round![/quote] Tom, YGT Product

The 2015 Challenge Tour champion The Long Shot
[quote]I will have to go for Portuguese Ricardo Melo Gouveia!! He finished 7th last week in Doha and obviously I’ll have to bet on my countryman and former team mate at the Vilamoura Golf Club[/quote] Joao, YGT Product

Louis back to his best
[quote]Oosthuizen is a consistent performer and almost back to his formidable playing of 2010…he beat McIlroy then and I think it could be a repeat performance. Only a poor Round 2 in Qatar prevented him from winning the Mother of Pearl Trophy. Also, having a class beard means he is right up there in my estimations![/quote] Robin, YGT Product
Louis Oosthuizen

So, there you have it, 10 incredible tips for the upcoming event in Dubai, who do you think will win? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments section, we’d love to hear from you!

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