Dubai Desert Classic
Dubai Desert Classic
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 Dates: Thursday, March 1st through Sunday, March 4th
 Site: Emirates Golf Club (Majlis course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,127
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 433 Yds   10 - Par 5 549 Yds
               2 - Par 4 351 Yds   11 - Par 3 169 Yds
               3 - Par 5 530 Yds   12 - Par 4 467 Yds
               4 - Par 3 188 Yds   13 - Par 5 550 Yds
               5 - Par 4 436 Yds   14 - Par 4 434 Yds
               6 - Par 4 475 Yds   15 - Par 3 180 Yds
               7 - Par 3 178 Yds   16 - Par 4 392 Yds
               8 - Par 4 434 Yds   17 - Par 4 351 Yds
               9 - Par 4 463 Yds   18 - Par 5 547 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    35 3,488 Yds         37 3,639 Yds
 
 Annual: 12th
 2000 Champion: Jose Coceres
 Runner-Up: Patrik Sjoland, Paul McGinley
 Tournament Record: 268 (Ernie Els, 1994; Fred Couples, 1995)
 54-Hole Record: 197 (Ernie Els, 1994)
 36-Hole Record: 130 (Ernie Els, 1994)
 Course Record: 61 (Ernie Els, 1994)
 Total Purse: $1,500,000
 Share: 1st Place - $249,990; 2nd Place - 166,665; 3rd Place - 93,900
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Jose Coceres           274               Paul Lawrie             278
 Patrik Sjoland         276               Jamie Spence            278
 Paul McGinley          276               Russell Claydon         279
 Stephen Gallacher      278               Paul Affleck            280
 Lee Westwood           278               Alastair Forsyth        280
 
         Past Dubai Desert Classic Winners and Runners-up
         ------------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- Jose Coceres (274) -- Patrik Sjoland, Paul McGinley
 1999 -- David Howell (275) -- Lee Westwood
 1998 -- Jose Maria Olazabal (269) -- Stephen Allan
 1997 -- *Richard Green (272) -- Greg Norman, Ian Woosnam
 1996 -- Colin Montgomerie (270) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez
 1995 -- Fred Couples (268) -- Colin Montgomerie
 1994 -- Ernie Els (268) -- Greg Norman
 1993 -- Wayne Westner (274) -- Retief Goosen
 1992 -- *Seve Ballesteros (272) -- Ronan Rafferty
 1991 -- Not Held
 1990 -- Eamonn Darcy (276) -- David Feherty
 1989 -- *Mark James (277) -- Peter O'Malley
 
 * - won in playoff.
 
 Note: Formerly called Karl Litton Classic (1989), Emirates Airline Classic
       (1990).
 
                      Top Contenders in the Field
                      ---------------------------
 
 Thomas Bjorn      - Five-time winner on European Tour, 18th in world rankings
 Angel Cabrera     - Currently holds a ranking of 46th in the world
 Darren Clarke     - Tied for 17th at this event last year, 11th in the world
 Pierre Fulke      - Leads the Volvo Order of Merit, lost in Match Play final
 Retief Goosen     - 19th on money list with one top-10 finish in 3 events
 Padraig Harrington- Tied for fifth last week for second top-five finish of 2001
 Peter Lonard      - Won last week's ANZ Tour Championship by one shot
 Paul McGinley     - Finished second last year at this tournament
 Mark McNulty      - Won South African Open earlier this year, 5th in money
 Colin Montgomerie - Tied for third last week with four rounds in the 60's
 Mark O'Meara      - Has fallen to 98th in the latest golf rankings
 Justin Rose       - Two-time runner-up this year, 6th on money list
 Adam Scott        - Won Alfred Dunhill Championship, 11th on money list
 Lee Westwood      - Making his European Tour debut, 4th last year at this event
 Tiger Woods       - Playing in this event for the first time, 26 worldwide wins
 
 Golf Today Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
 Darkhorse   - Padraig Harrington
 
 Last Week's Pick to Win (Colin Montgomerie) - Finished tied for 3rd
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Ahmad Dan Bateman) - Finished tied for 46th
 
 NOTES:
      Last year, Jose Coceres ended a six-year winless drought  with  a
 wire-to-wire  victory  at  the Dubai Desert Classic. He double-bogeyed
 the 18th but still finished with a two-shot win over Paul McGinley and
 Patrik  Sjoland.  Coceres's  previous  win prior to this event was the
 1994 Heineken Open Catalona, his only  other  European  Tour  victory.
 Coceres  will  not  be  on  hand this week to defend his title. World-
 number-one Tiger Woods will be looking for back-to-back European  Tour
 titles  as  he  makes  his  first  appearance  at  this tournament. In
 November, Woods captured the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand. Seven
 of the top-10 in last year's Order of Merit will be on hand this week,
 including 2000 Order of Merit  champion  Lee  Westwood,  who  will  be
 making his 2001 season debut. The 2001 edition of this event marks the
 return to Emirates Golf Club after a two-year hiatus  where  play  was
 held  at  the  Dubai  Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Playoffs have decided
 three of the previous 12 tournaments, the last  coming  in  1997  when
 Richard  Green  outdueled  Greg  Norman and Ian Woosnam. Next week the
 European Tour moves to Doha Golf Club for the Qatar Masters where Rolf
 Muntz is expected to defend his title.
 
 

 

 

 

 

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