Unstoppable Rory McIlroy rises to the occasion to make history in Dubai

The Northern Irishman became the first player to win the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on four occasions

By Leslie Wilson Jr.

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Rory McIlroy beaome the first player to win the Hero Dubai Desert Classic four times. - KT Photo by Shihab
Rory McIlroy beaome the first player to win the Hero Dubai Desert Classic four times. - KT Photo by Shihab

Published: Sun 21 Jan 2024, 7:43 PM

Last updated: Sun 21 Jan 2024, 11:47 PM

Rory McIlroy held his never to claim a record-breaking fourth Hero Dubai Desert Classic title on a typically dramatic final day’s play at the Emirates Golf Club’s iconic Majlist course on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman, who spent his teenage years in Dubai brushing up his golf skills, won by one shot from Dubai-based Adrian Meronk with American Cameron Young, who went into the final round holding a two shat advantage back in third.

McIlroy carded a 14-under score over 72 holes with Meronk a stroke behind on 13-under and Young a close third on 12-under.

McIlry first won the Hero Dubai Classic as an 18-year-old back in 2009 shattered many record with his heroic performance under sunny blue skies.

Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Golf Club. - KT Photo by Shihab
Rory McIlroy at the Emirates Golf Club. - KT Photo by Shihab

He become the first player to win the event four times (2024, 23, 15, 09), overtaking South Africa’s Ernie Els’ long-standing record (2005, 02, 1994) for most wins.

It was also McIlroy’s 17th DP World Tour victory in his 242nd appearance and his first since the 2023 Genesis Scottish Open, 189 days ago

He also became only the second player after Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher (2014, 13)t o win the event in consecutive seasons.

Meronk was also bidding to make history of his own as the first Polish winner of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic. It would have been his fifth win in his 103rd appearance and his first since the 2023 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters 91 days ago

Meronk, who like at the Dubai Marina and is a UAE Golden Visa awardee, was also hoping to win a first Rolex Series title. His best previous Rolex Series finish was fourth at this event in 2022

Rory McIlroy pocketed a first prize of $1.53m from its $9m purse as the International Swing section of the season’s Global Swing phase continued,


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