Hansen clinches Aviv Dubai Championship

Joachim Hansen and his family pose with the trophy after winning the Aviv Dubai Championship at the Fire Course of the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai on Sunday. — Supplied photo
Joachim Hansen and his family pose with the trophy after winning the Aviv Dubai Championship at the Fire Course of the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai on Sunday. — Supplied photo

Dubai - The Dane moves 42 places up the Race to Dubai rankings to 43rd, securing his spot in next week’s DP World Tour Championship



By Team KT

Published: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 12:19 AM

Joachim Hansen claims his second victory on the European Tour at the Aviv Dubai Championship, carding a final round 68 on the Fire Course, to sneak in one-shot ahead of Francesco Laporta and a charging Bernd Wiesberger.

With the win, Hansen moves 42 places up the Race to Dubai rankings to 43rd, securing his spot in next week’s DP World Tour Championship alongside the top-50 in the rankings. The 31-year-old is only the second Dane to win in the UAE and the first in 20 years after Thomas Bjorn won the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic.

Following the round, Hansen commented: “It means a lot, especially with family and friends here this time. The first two rounds were some of the best of my life.

“I didn’t expect it at all. I just wanted to have a nice week with the family at a good tournament and the lovely weather down here, it turns out with a good nine-holes to start with, I stayed in contention all week and it’s nice to come out on top…I was emotional because my family is here and I wanted to win with them by my side, that’s special.”

On qualifying for next week, Hansen added: “It’s very nice going into next week. I played very nice in the last tournaments and have been close to playing really good, which I did this week. So, I’m just going to take next week as a bonus week and try to enjoy it.”

Hansen’s victory marks the fourth win for Danish golfers during the 2021 season, after Rasmus Højgaard, Nicolai Højgaard, and Jeff Winther all won earlier in the year. Of this remarkable achievement, Hansen concluded, “Some season for Danish golf. I hope it inspires a lot of golfers back home.”

The Dane held off late charges from Wiesberger, who finished with eight birdies in his last 14 holes, and Andy Sullivan, finishing with a remarkable five birdies and an eagle on the final hole to shoot 29 on the back-nine and get within two shots. The Englishman’s remarkable finish means he claims one of the final spots on the Race to Dubai rankings to qualify for next week’s season-ending event.

The golfing world’s attention now turns to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship where the 50 highest ranked players on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex will take on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, competing for a share of the US $9million prize pot and the European No.1 title. The 13th edition of the curtain-closing tournament takes place next week from November 18-21st. Free general admission tickets are still available, here, along with a selection of hospitality options for week which includes a packed 
entertainment schedule for spectators to enjoy.


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