2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Preview
It’s been quite the way for Shane Lowry, who won his first event in more than three-and-a-half years last week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
It feels like a lifetime ago since he burst onto the scene by winning the Irish Open as an amateur, while a subsequent victory at the Bridgestone Invitational – and second place in the US Open – have largely been lost to the annals of time.
But the Irishman has been improving in recent months, and despite a bit of a blip on Sunday in which he flip-flopped for the lead with playing partner Richard Sterne, Lowry would eventually get over the line to spark emotional scenes with his family present.
Ian Poulter of England plays his second shot on the 13th hole during Day Four of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 19, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
There’s no rest for the wicked, mind you, and he will take his place in the field here as the European Tour’s desert swing continues at pace with the Dubai Desert Classic.
It’s a similar test to that presented at the Abu Dhabi GC last time out, with hot temperatures, plenty of sunshine and moderate winds.
But the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club in Abu Dhabi is a lot shorter at 7,328 yards for its Par 72, with four Par 5s that all present eagle opportunities; including the 18th hole, which may serve up some shenanigans later in the week.
The fairways are fairly tight and remember that the surfaces here are rock hard and bone dry, thanks to the baking sun and high winds, and the European Tour has confirmed they have not been over-seeded this year. Everything will be fast, to say the least, this week.
Water is in play on ten holes and the rough is up, but with wind speeds at around 10mph – roughly half of what can play out at their worst, we are expecting the players to gobble up the track with a winning score somewhere in the late teens under par.
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