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Interesting facts about Dubai Desert Classic

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a PGA European Tour sanctioned event sponsored by Omega. The $2.5 million tournament, promoted and organized by golf in DUBAi, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 which saw all former champions -- with the great Seve Ballesteros represented by his son, Javier – descend on the Majlis course to mark the special occasion. Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy headlined possibly the strongest field ever in the event with three-time winner Ernie Els, Fred Couples and Englishman Barry Lane – the only player to have competed in all 25 editions of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic – joining the fray.



Dates for ODDC 2014 January 26 to February 1, 2015

Prize Money US$ 2.5 million

Current Champion Stephen Gallacher (Scotland)



66 71 63 72 (16 under par) 272

First played: 1989

Most wins Ernie Els, 1994, 02, 05

Successful title defence: One (Stephen Gallacher, 2013, 2014)

Youngest winner: Rory McIlroy, 19 years and 273 days (in 2009)

Oldest winner: Mark O'Meara, 47 and 54 days, (in 2004)

First amateur from UAE to make the cut Matthew Turner, 2009 (finished tied 51st)

Lowest 18 hole score: 61 (-11), Ernie Els, 1994

Lowest first 18 hole score: 61 (-11), Ernie Els, 1994

Lowest first 36 hole score: 128 (-16), Tiger Woods, 2001

Lowest first 54 hole score: 196 (-21), Stephen Gallacher, 2013

Lowest 72 hole score: 266 (-22), Thomas Björn, 2001, Stephen Gallacher, 2013

Lowest under par winning score: 266 (-22), Thomas Björn, 2001, Stephen Gallacher, 2013

Lowest final round by a winner: 65 (-7), Robert-Jan Derksen, 2003; Tiger Woods, 2008,

Wire-to-wire-winners: Eamonn Darcy, 1990

Seve Ballesteros, 1992

Ernie Els, 1994

José Coceres, 2000

Rory McIlroy, 2009

Largest 18-hole lead: 5 shots, Ernie Els, 1994

Largest 36-hole lead: 6 shots, Ernie Els, 1994

Largest 54 hole lead: 8 shots, Ernie Els, 1994

Largest winning margin: 6 shots, Ernie Els, 1994

Biggest final round comeback by a winner: 4 shots, Tiger Woods, 2008

Play-offs: Mark James beat Peter O'Malley, 1989

Seve Ballesteros beat Ronan Rafferty, 1992

Richard Green beat Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam, 1997

Tiger Woods beat Ernie Els, 2006

Miguel Angel Jiménez beat Lee Westwood, 2010

Holes-in-one: Miguel Angel Jiménez, 4th Hole, Rnd 2, 1990 (Emirates)

Chris Moody, 11th Hole, Rnd 3, 1990 (Emirates)

Mark McNulty, 11th Hole, Rnd 3, 1990 (Emirates)

José Coceres, 7th Hole, Rnd 2, 1992 (Emirates)

Wayne Westner, 7th Hole, Rnd 1, 1995 (Emirates)

José Coceres, 4th Hole, Rnd 1, 1996 (Emirates)

Roger Wessels, 7th Hole, Rnd 2, 1996 (Emirates)

Peter Hedblom, 15th Hole, Rnd 2, 1996 (Emirates)

Stuart Cage, 8th Hole, Rnd 1, 1999 (Dubai Creek and Yacht Club)

Peter Downie, 16th Hole, Rnd 1, 2000 (Dubai Creek and Yacht Club)

Henrik Bjornstad, 7th Hole, Rnd 4, 2002 (Emirates)

Brad Kennedy, 4th Hole, Rnd 2, 2004 (Emirates)

Yasin Ali, 7th Hole, Rnd 1, 2005 (Emirates)

Nobuhito Sato, 15th Hole, Rnd 1, 2005 (Emirates)

Stephen Gallacher, 4th Hole, Rnd 4, 2005 (Emirates)

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, 4th Hole, Round 2, 2007 (Emirates)

Miguel Jiménez, 7th hole, Rnd 1, 2008 (Emirates)

Louis Oosthuizen, 11th, Round 2, 2009 (Emirates).

David Howell, 7th, Rnd 1, 2011 (Emirates)

Keith Horne, 4th ,Rnd 2th, 2011 (Emirates)

Raphael Jacquelin, 7th, Rnd 3, 2011 (Emirates)

Alvaro Quiros, 11th, Rnd 4, 2011 (Emirates)

Stephen Gallacher, 15th, Rnd 1, 2012 (Emirates)

Martin Kaymer, 7th, Rnd 2, 2012

Low cut: 141 (-3), 2001, 07

High cut: 149 (+5), 1989

ROLL OF HONOUR 1989 - Mark James

1990 - Eamonn Darcy

1992 - Seve Ballesteros

1993 - Wayne Westner

1994 - Ernie Els

1995 - Fred Couples

1996 - Colin Montgomerie

1997 - Richard Green

1998 - Jose Maria Olazabal

1999 - David Howell

2000 - Jose Coceres

2001 - Thomas Bjorn

2002 - Ernie Els

2003 - Robert-Jan Derksen

2004 - Mark O'Meara

2005 - Ernie Els

2006 - Tiger Woods

2007 - Henrik Stenson

2008 – Tiger Woods

2009 – Rory McIlroy

2010 - Miguel Angel Jimenez

2011 - Alvaro Quiros

2012 - Rafael Cabrera-Bello

2013 - Stephen Gallacher

2014 - Stephen Gallacher

 




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