The Peter Cowen Diary: Players will be looking to get their season off to a flier in Dubai

It will be difficult to ignore Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy who bring strong form to the HERO Dubai Desert Classic following their heroics at the Creek

By Peter Cowen

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Peter Cowen was to be found in his favourite spot - the Range, earlier this week at the HERO Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.- Supplied photo
Peter Cowen was to be found in his favourite spot - the Range, earlier this week at the HERO Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.- Supplied photo

Published: Wed 17 Jan 2024, 12:39 PM

Is it really Wednesday already? The weeks go by so much quicker or so it seems.

The second Pro-Am is today with a two-tee morning start.

These Pro-Ams are always a highlight for sponsors and supporters – for some sponsors, it is perhaps the highlight – engaging the top players with their key customers and so much more.

The non-Pro-Am pros get to play in the afternoon to practice on the Majlis Course.

Just an update on my three players I am looking after this week

Padraig Harrington (Ire) hit some balls on the range and is up with his speed again although he has not played golf for over one month following his pneumonia.

Some of the players are match-fit and tournament-sharp – whereas others are still, in many cases, playing only their first tournament of the year. Each player comes into the new year with a different mindset – after all, it is a very long year.

Chile’s Joaquin Niemann is an excellent player. Just 25 years old and one of my LIV Golf Tour players he can surely go a long way in the game. He has been as high as 15 in the OWGR and has collected two PGA Tour wins as well.

Italy’s Guido Migliozzi, who is a Dubai resident and played nicely last week at the Creek was up practising and playing yesterday.

I walked 17,500 steps with Guido around the golf course. My knees are not great and I am not sure this is what I needed.

Looking for likely winners this week – it is difficult to ignore last week’s 1-2, Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy.

Adrian Meronk (Pol), has plenty of local knowledge and congratulations to him on winning the Seve Ballesteros Award that he received yesterday on the range – very well deserved.

Adrian, with all his local support, can do well on this course. So can so many others, in this quality field.

This week is so important to so many.

With the next Rolex Series event not until the Genesis Scottish Open in July - it is a real opportunity for both established players as well as newcomers to get off to a flying start.

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It will look stunning on TV. If you are not able to attend it has to be a must-watch for all golf fans even if it is on the tube.

See you all soon.

Peter is 73 years old, a Dubai Golden Visa Awardee with Peter Cowen Golf Academies at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek Resort and is headquartered in Rotherham, England.


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