From the desert


Rory McIlroy won a record-breaking fourth Hero Dubai Desert Classic as he successfully defended his title at Emirates Golf Club.

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic is a prestigious event on the professional golf calendar, and in January it once again provided spectators with an incredible four days of great golf and a thrilling display of skill and sportsmanship, all surrounded by Dubai's dynamic landscape.

As a fortunate spectator, I had the privilege of witnessing world-class golfers competing at one of the region’s most iconic tournaments when I attended the final day of the tournament. The sound of driver on ball can’t be beaten when those teeing off are the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood.

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic took place at the magnificent Emirates Golf Club, a venue renowned for its challenging Majlis Course and stunning surroundings. As I approached the course, there was certainly a sense of excitement and anticipation. The meticulously maintained fairways and greens, framed by the futuristic Dubai skyline, create an incredible backdrop and almost a cauldron effect.

The tournament has a history of attracting the biggest names in golf, and this year was no exception. McIlroy and Fleetwood, who is almost considered a hometown boy by the Dubai golfers, were joined by other renowned players like Adrian Meronk, in one of his last tournaments before joining LIV Golf, and the young Rasmus Højgaard. The calibre of competition was evident from the first tee shot, as players pounded the ball huge distances down the fairway.

The day was marked by a series of spectacular shots and unforgettable moments that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Long drives, precise iron shots, and clutch putts created an atmosphere charged with excitement. The Hero Dubai Desert Classic is known for its enthusiastic and diverse gallery, and this weekend was no different. The cheers and applause could be heard from all over the course as the knowledgeable fans showed their appreciation.

The way the DP World Tour event was run added to it being so memorable. The organisation and hospitality were superb, with the tournament organisers ensuring the overall experience went beyond the fairways.

Being a spectator at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic was truly an unforgettable experience. As the tournament concluded, I was left with cherished memories, a deeper appreciation for the sport and a newfound desire to return next year, not just for the one day but for all four!