Golf’s Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy confirmed their participation today in next year’s Dubai Desert Classic on Wednesday, after shunning the event over recent years.
The return of Woods and McIlroy coincides with the 25th anniversary of the event.
“To think the tournament is older than I am testimony to its strength,” commented McIlroy in a statement.
“I've got great memories of this course and of this tournament. It was nice to get my first professional win in Dubai,” he added.
“It will be fun to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the tournament. It always feels nice to get back to a golf course where you have enjoyed success. Obviously I will be looking to win the event again,” said the Northern Irishman, who will be making his eighth appearance in Dubai, according to local media outlet, Sports360.
Similarly, Woods noted his memories of the Desert Classic.
“I appreciate the support I have received from the people in Dubai and I always enjoy playing in their tournament. They have an outstanding field all the time, and the golf course is really in great shape,” said the 2006 and 2008 champion, who will be making his seventh appearance in the event.
“Having won twice, I have really good memories of playing in Dubai and look forward to getting out there and being part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the tournament.”