DP World Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy, the current world No. 1, is aiming for more success in Dubai as he seeks to cap up a remarkable 2022 with a DP World Tour Championship triumph.
The Northern Irishman, who has previously triumphed twice on the Earth Course and maintains a slim 128.1-point lead over Ryan Fox in the season-long DP World Tour Rankings, has had success at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Having led the season-long rankings in 2012, 2014, and 2015, McIlroy is in the lead in the battle to capture the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time. The four-time major champion is aiming to build on a strong run of results and win a fourth global championship of the year.
In his pre-tournament news conference, McIlroy stated, “I’ve had some success here and I’ve generally had some wonderful experiences in Dubai. “Between this competition and the Desert Classic, I have won four times. Coming back here with a chance to take home the season title is a good feeling.
“It has been a while [since a win in Dubai], but thanks to my steady play this year, as well as obviously in the majors and some of the bigger tournaments, I find myself in a good spot. It’s nice to enter with two things on the line rather than just one. I can’t wait to start.
“It would be a very pleasant way to end the year. My season’s last event is this one. In a few weeks, I believe some of the other guys will compete in Tiger’s tournament in the Bahamas. I believe that I have been very consistent in my play throughout the year, especially in the last six or seven months after the Masters.”
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Fox, who most recently finished second at the Nedbank Golf Challenge last week, is second in the standings heading into this week. US Open champion is third as he seeks a third DP World Tour Championship triumph.
I adore this town, Fitzpatrick declared. From a performance perspective compared to every other golf course I’ve ever played on tour, it’s the best course I play all year.
“I’m glad to be back here. I have a lot of happy memories from here, and I always feel confident knowing that I can win because I’ve won twice, so this is a place I enjoy visiting.
After ending his three-year winless streak with a successful title defence in Sun City on Sunday, Tommy Fleetwood is one of six men who enter the week still with a mathematical chance of passing McIlroy in the standings.