The Adrian Meronk Diary: I was pretty pleased with myself to be tied for second

Big day for me and for the others with all to play for in the HERO Dubai Desert Classic

By Adrian Meronk

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Adrian Meronk. - KT Photo by Shihab
Adrian Meronk. - KT Photo by Shihab

Published: Sat 20 Jan 2024, 9:10 PM

After shooting a steady two-under-par 70 on Saturday I am energized for the fourth round at one of my favourite tournaments of the year - the HERO Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

I am two behind third-round leader Cameron Young (US) which is not a bad place to be heading into the championship round.

My tee time is at 12.30 pm and I will be playing alongside a former Dubai Desert Classic champion - Haotong Li (China) with the final group nine minutes behind us.

I missed out on being in the final group as I handed in my card after Rory McIlroy’s 63 as first in - last out are tournament rules in next-day draws.

I was pretty pleased with my performance as I had another four birdies on my card – two on the front and two on the back. Two bogeys at the end of my front nine cost me.

It seemed a lot more challenging today – Rory’s 63 was a bit special. There were only another six players who broke 70 in the third round, with Rory’s third-round playing partner Joaquin Niemann (Chile) shooting the next best of 67.

I had my usual warm-down on the range after my round today to prepare for Sunday which is a big day for me and the others near the top of the leaderboard.

Rolex Series Events carry significant OWGR and Race to Dubai points.

I hope I can continue my strong play and more importantly my good scoring.

After tomorrow I fly to the US on Monday and the PGA Tour to play in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines – South Course. Day one is on Wednesday with a Saturday finish so a good final round at the Emirates Golf Club will make the long flight so much more comfortable.

As I said during this week’s Khaleej Times Diary I am currently 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking OWGR – I have hardly moved in 12 months.

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Fingers crossed I have a decent round Sunday and can create some momentum to carry forward for the rest of the season.

Onwards and upwards!

Speak to you soon.

Adrian, 30-years-old, a Dubai resident, is a four time winner on the DP World Tour.


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