The Omega Dubai Desert Classic swung into action last Thursday with South African, Richard Stern dominating at the top of the leaderboard with an opening round of 8-below par.
The conditions for the opening day were beautiful with the sun beaming and players raring to go in this year’s tournament.
2017 Masters winner, Sergio Garcia got off to a cracking start on the first day also, finishing the round with 6 under par, putting him 2 shots off the lead and his name into contention for the tournament.
No day is the same during a Golf Tournament, and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic was no exception.
Robert Macintyre flew up to the top spot, shooting 68 on day 2, moving to 9 under par for the tournament.
Recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2021 winner Tyrrell Hatton shot 5 under par through the first 6 holes on day 2, putting him clear of the cut line after his round of 76 on day 1.
Hatton scored three successful birdies from the 11th hole, resulting in 8 under for the day, and 4 under for the tournament, although he took a turn when his shot with his fairway-wood from the 14th tee landed in the sand.
Day 3 of the tournament, labelled ‘Pink Day’ for breast cancer awareness, was pink-everything in Dubai. From t-shirts, to flags and top tracer, pink was all one could see. The round saw Fleetwood bogey the 7th, cancelling out his birdie on the 6th, heading into the back 9.
Macintyre had a rollercoaster of a day, with a massive turn around from par, birdie, eagle, bogey, double bogey, birdie, birdie, leaving him 2 under par through to the 7th.
Using a 3 Iron, Paul Casey’s second shot from 238 yards on the 18th, saw it land 10 ft away from the cup, leaving him an eagle putt to shoot a bogey-free round and moving him to 15 under par for the tournament.
South African Golfer, Brandon Stone completed the tournament at second on the leaderboard finishing on par at 72.
Casey secured the tournament, finishing first on the leaderboard with 2 under par for the day and 17 under overall. His shining performance throughout the tournament has given him his 15th European Tour Win, hitting the ultimate milestone of his career.
Casey said: “15 wins is pretty cool. I wanted 15. The Porsche European Tour victory in 2019 is the last, and this is number 15 and this is an iconic event, so I’m so happy!