Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2019

R4: Brilliant Bryson claims maiden win in Dubai

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Bryson DeChambeau claimed his maiden European Tour title in style on Sunday, producing a closing 64 to win the 30th anniversary edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by seven shots.

“Today I was happy with my game. I executed a lot of great shots. It was obviously a lot of fun to be able to finally hoist an international trophy, I’m so happy about that.

“It’s incredibly special. I’ve always dreamed of winning any Tour event, and to have this many under my belt, I don’t even know what I have right now. You know, being able to win internationally is something that I’ve always wanted to do after winning so many times in the States and to get it at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is incredible. It’s literally a dream come true. I couldn’t be more honoured to win this event.”

The World Number Five had set himself the target of securing his first professional overseas win at Emirates Golf Club ahead of the event, and he duly delivered, carding an eagle, seven birdies and a single bogey on day four to finish the week on 24 under par and set a new tournament record.

“Coming back here as a professional, being an amateur in 2016, I was expecting a lot of good things. I knew I could play really well if I was striking the ball well and if I figured out some putting stuff and I did this week. I made a lot of putts with the flag in, with it out, it didn’t really matter too much. But again, going back to it being my first international win, I really couldn’t be more pleased to have this tournament be my first European Tour win.

“Last year I was hitting the ball really well most of the year, but it seemed like at every Major, my ball-striking kind of left me for a little bit at those Majors. That’s really why I didn’t play as best as I could. I believe if I have the ball-striking capabilities like I did today, and even maybe hopefully a little bit better, if I can clean up stuff like that, I can definitely contend.”


Last year’s champion Li Haotong, who played alongside DeChambeau in the final round, had held the previous record after producing a winning score of 23 under in 2018.

Matt Wallace finished alone in second place on 17 under after closing his round with back-to-back birdies to sign for a 68. Englishmen Paul Waring and Ian Poulter, and Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Quiros were another stroke back in a tie for third.

“Really good in parts, really shabby in parts,” said Wallace. “Not good enough to put any pressure on, but just about good enough to get second.

“I’ve got to take the positives from that early on in the season to get the juices flowing like that and to play with Ernie, I mean, I didn’t see myself having 165 yards in for my third on the last to try and get it done, but I’ll learn from that. Overall, very happy.

“I wanted to give it a go today. I really wanted to put some pressure on Bryson. He was obviously struggling and scoring well. Credit to him, he’s played great today from what I hear and a worthy champion of this week and it’s great to have him here. But I’ll try and get him next time.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-24
66
66
68
64
264
2
Matt Wallace
ENG
-17
70
64
69
68
271
T3
Paul Waring
ENG
-16
67
70
71
64
272
T3
Ian Poulter
ENG
-16
67
71
70
64
272
T3
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-16
66
70
70
66
272
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-16
69
64
71
68
272
T3
Haotong Li
CHN
-16
67
67
67
71
272
T8
Justin Harding
RSA
-15
70
68
72
63
273
T8
Lee Westwood
ENG
-15
67
70
69
67
273
T8
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-15
67
67
71
68
273
T8
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-15
69
63
72
69
273
T8
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-15
69
67
68
69
273
T13
Shane Lowry
IRL
-14
69
67
71
67
274
T13
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-14
70
68
68
68
274
T13
Ernie Els
RSA
-14
68
65
70
71
274
T16
Romain Wattel
FRA
-13
68
70
70
67
275
T16
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-13
68
70
68
69
275
T16
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-13
65
70
70
70
275
T16
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-13
66
70
68
71
275
T20
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-12
72
66
74
64
276
T20
Romain Langasque
FRA
-12
66
70
74
66
276
T20
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-12
68
70
72
66
276
T20
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
68
73
69
66
276
T24
Martin Kaymer
GER
-11
71
67
72
67
277
T24
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-11
68
68
71
70
277
T24
Ross Fisher
ENG
-11
69
69
69
70
277
T24
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-11
66
68
72
71
277
T24
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-11
72
69
65
71
277
T29
Aaron Rai
ENG
-10
70
68
72
68
278
T29
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-10
71
69
70
68
278
T29
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-10
72
68
69
69
278
T29
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
72
69
68
69
278
T29
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-10
68
68
72
70
278
T29
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-10
69
66
72
71
278
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-10
72
68
67
71
278
T29
Victor Perez
FRA
-10
70
70
67
71
278
T29
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
68
68
69
73
278
T38
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-9
75
65
71
68
279
T38
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
69
70
71
69
279
T38
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-9
71
70
69
69
279
T38
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-9
71
70
69
69
279
T38
Ashun Wu
CHI
-9
71
68
69
71
279
T38
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-9
71
67
70
71
279
T38
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-9
72
67
69
71
279
T38
Kim Koivu
FIN
-9
67
68
72
72
279
T38
George Coetzee
RSA
-9
70
65
71
73
279
47
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-8
66
71
74
69
280
T48
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-7
69
72
72
68
281
T48
Dean Burmester
RSA
-7
70
69
73
69
281
T48
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
66
70
75
70
281
T48
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
68
72
71
70
281
T48
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-7
70
70
71
70
281
T48
Thomas Detry
BEL
-7
68
68
74
71
281
T48
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
74
67
67
73
281
55
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-6
71
68
73
70
282
T56
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
71
70
74
68
283
T56
Chris Paisley
ENG
-5
73
68
72
70
283
T56
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-5
69
67
75
72
283
T56
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
66
68
75
74
283
T56
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-5
69
72
67
75
283
T61
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
69
72
73
70
284
T61
Shaun Norris
RSA
-4
72
69
72
71
284
T61
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-4
73
66
71
74
284
T64
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
67
69
77
72
285
T64
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
67
74
71
73
285
T64
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
72
69
75
285
T67
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
68
72
76
70
286
T67
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
72
69
72
73
286
T69
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
71
70
77
69
287
T69
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
67
74
75
71
287
T71
Marc Warren
SCO
1
70
71
76
72
289
T71
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
71
69
75
74
289
73
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
68
71
78
74
291
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
72
70
142
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Rayhan Thomas
IND
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
145
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
77
68
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
70
75
145
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
78
67
145
CUT
Victor Riu
FRA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
1
76
69
145
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Colin Montgomerie
SCO
2
71
75
146
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
73
73
146
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
76
70
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
77
71
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
81
68
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
72
77
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
76
74
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
76
76
152

Round 3: DeChambeau one ahead in Dubai

American Bryson DeChambeau remains on course to achieve his dream of claiming a maiden overseas victory this week after producing a 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

R3: DeChambeau one ahead in Dubai, © Getty Images

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“It would be awesome. I can’t express to you the words how awesome it would be to win on the European Tour.”

The halfway co-leader mixed six birdies with two bogeys on day three to jump to 16 under par and establish a one-stroke lead over defending champion Li Haotong with 18 holes remaining at Emirates Golf Club.

“I’m just not 100 per cent with my golf game right now. Shoot, I’m still leading, obviously. It’s fantastic. I couldn’t be displeased with that, but my expectation levels are for how I know I can perform, and I feel like I’m underperforming a little bit.

“Still in the lead, still got the job done. Made it happen when it’s necessary and hopefully I can have one more of those days and maybe even a better-ball striking day.

“A little more difficult I would say. The wind was up and the greens were kind of tricky. There were a couple holes that threw me off, and it is what it is. Everybody had to go through the same thing, and you know, I was lucky to prevail and I’m on top at the end of the day.”


Li closed his third-round 67 with back-to-back birdies to sit alone in second place, two shots ahead of Ernie Els – a three-time winner of this event – and Englishman Matt Wallace on 13 under.

“It’s pretty decent,” said Li. “Actually, the long game was way better than the last couple days. It’s just a solid day today.

“I changed my posture a lot and just started everything in neutral now. I think that’s a big thing. Same putter. The grip was just changed back to old one.

“I did play really solid compared to the last two rounds and long game being much better. But just had a couple little bit of mistake on the greens. In total, pretty good round today.

“Definitely means a lot. I just want to play my best tomorrow and hopefully hold the trophy again.”

Lucas Herbert, who had led alongside DeChambeau after 36 holes, Challenge Tour graduate Kalle Samooja, 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros and Thorbjørn Olesen were then in a tie for fifth on 12 under.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-16
66
66
68
200
2
Haotong Li
CHN
-15
67
67
67
201
T3
Matt Wallace
ENG
-13
70
64
69
203
T3
Ernie Els
RSA
-13
68
65
70
203
T5
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-12
66
70
68
204
T5
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-12
69
67
68
204
T5
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-12
69
64
71
204
T5
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-12
69
63
72
204
T9
Jordan Smith
ENG
-11
68
68
69
205
T9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-11
65
70
70
205
T9
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-11
67
67
71
205
T12
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-10
72
69
65
206
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
68
70
68
206
T12
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-10
70
68
68
206
T12
Lee Westwood
ENG
-10
67
70
69
206
T12
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
66
70
70
206
T12
George Coetzee
RSA
-10
70
65
71
206
T12
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-10
66
68
72
206
T19
Victor Perez
FRA
-9
70
70
67
207
T19
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-9
72
68
67
207
T19
Ross Fisher
ENG
-9
69
69
69
207
T19
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-9
68
68
71
207
T19
Shane Lowry
IRL
-9
69
67
71
207
T19
Kim Koivu
FIN
-9
67
68
72
207
T19
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-9
69
66
72
207
T26
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-8
69
72
67
208
T26
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-8
74
67
67
208
T26
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-8
72
67
69
208
T26
Ashun Wu
CHI
-8
71
68
69
208
T26
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-8
71
67
70
208
T26
Ian Poulter
ENG
-8
67
71
70
208
T26
Romain Wattel
FRA
-8
68
70
70
208
T26
Paul Waring
ENG
-8
67
70
71
208
T26
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-8
68
68
72
208
T35
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-7
72
69
68
209
T35
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-7
72
68
69
209
T35
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-7
66
68
75
209
T38
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-6
71
70
69
210
T38
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-6
71
70
69
210
T38
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-6
68
73
69
210
T38
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
69
72
69
210
T38
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
71
69
70
210
T38
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-6
69
70
71
210
T38
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
73
66
71
210
T38
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
70
68
72
210
T38
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
71
67
72
210
T38
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
68
70
72
210
T38
Justin Harding
RSA
-6
70
68
72
210
T38
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
66
70
74
210
T38
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
68
68
74
210
T51
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-5
70
70
71
211
T51
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-5
75
65
71
211
T51
Tom Lewis
ENG
-5
68
72
71
211
T51
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-5
66
71
74
211
T51
Scott Hend
AUS
-5
66
70
75
211
T51
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-5
69
67
75
211
T57
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-4
67
74
71
212
T57
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-4
71
68
73
212
T57
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
70
69
73
212
T57
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-4
72
66
74
212
T61
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
72
69
72
213
T61
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
73
68
72
213
T61
Shaun Norris
RSA
-3
72
69
72
213
T61
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
69
72
72
213
T61
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
67
69
77
213
66
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
69
72
73
214
T67
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
71
70
74
215
T67
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
71
69
75
215
T69
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
67
74
75
216
T69
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
68
72
76
216
T71
Marc Warren
SCO
1
70
71
76
217
T71
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
68
71
78
217
73
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
71
70
77
218
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
72
70
142
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Rayhan Thomas
IND
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
145
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
77
68
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
70
75
145
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
78
67
145
CUT
Victor Riu
FRA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
1
76
69
145
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Colin Montgomerie
SCO
2
71
75
146
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
73
73
146
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
76
70
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
77
71
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
81
68
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
72
77
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
76
74
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
76
76
152

Round 2: Bryson DeChambeau & Lucas Herbert tied for the lead heading into the weekend.

World Number Five Bryson DeChambeau carded a second successive 66 to move into a share of the halfway lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic alongside rising Australian star Lucas Herbert. 

Round 2: Bryson DeChambeau & Lucas Herbert tied for the lead heading into the weekend, © Getty Images

© Getty Images


“I thought after yesterday – getting it around not making a bogey was awesome – but today was even more impressive with three bogeys on the card, still shooting six-under. I was happy about that. Unfortunately, again, I just didn’t have the right sensations and proprioception over shots. I just felt uncomfortable, unfortunately, on a lot of them, and consequently my ball-striking is just not my best. But I’m not complaining one bit. There’s no complaining here for sure, so I’m happy.”

DeChambeau, a European Tour Member, is chasing a first overseas victory as a professional but has form at the Emirates Golf Club, having won the amateur medal thanks to a tied 18th finish at the 2016 edition, and he moved to the front on 12 under in Dubai courtesy of a roller-coaster six under par round which included one eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys.

“I’m pleased that I’m playing golf. I’m getting it in the hole and executing the right shots when I need to and making a lot of key putts. That was one of the things I talked about this week, was reading the green right, and we’ve done a pretty darned good job so far. Hopefully we can keep it up.”

He was joined at the summit by 23 year old Herbert, who equalled his career-best round of 63 to climb thirty places up the leaderboard and move into contention for a maiden European Tour title.


Three-time Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner and four-time Major Champion Ernie Els was joined by another past winner of this event Alvaro Quiros in a share of third place on 11 under, while defending champion Li Haotong, qualifier Callum Shinkwin, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace and Australian Jason Scrivener were all at ten under par.

“I like this place, as you know,” said Els. “I’ve had some really great times here. I’m swinging well, my body feels well. Just going on the memory bank, I guess. Playing with Colin and José was also fun. We’ve done a lot in the game, and we had a good couple of chats, and I found my form. You’ve got to love it.

“It’s obviously a little different to when I won here, the golf course. They’ve really grown the rough. I see the scoring is really good. I see scoring slowing down a little bit over the weekend in the afternoons. The greens were getting a little firmer, faster, but if you get it in the fairway, you give yourself second-shot opportunities, and the putter has been working for me, so it’s been fun.”



Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-12
69
63
132
T1
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-12
66
66
132
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-11
69
64
133
T3
Ernie Els
RSA
-11
68
65
133
T5
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-10
66
68
134
T5
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-10
66
68
134
T5
Haotong Li
CHN
-10
67
67
134
T5
Matt Wallace
ENG
-10
70
64
134
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-10
67
67
134
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-9
69
66
135
T10
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-9
65
70
135
T10
Kim Koivu
FIN
-9
67
68
135
T10
George Coetzee
RSA
-9
70
65
135
T14
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-8
69
67
136
T14
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
68
68
136
T14
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-8
67
69
136
T14
Thomas Detry
BEL
-8
68
68
136
T14
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
66
70
136
T14
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-8
68
68
136
T14
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-8
69
67
136
T14
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-8
66
70
136
T14
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-8
66
70
136
T14
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
69
67
136
T14
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-8
68
68
136
T14
Scott Hend
AUS
-8
66
70
136
T26
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
67
70
137
T26
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
67
70
137
T26
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-7
66
71
137
T29
Justin Harding
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T29
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-6
70
68
138
T29
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
68
70
138
T29
Romain Wattel
FRA
-6
68
70
138
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
71
67
138
T29
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T29
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-6
72
66
138
T29
Ian Poulter
ENG
-6
67
71
138
T29
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
68
70
138
T29
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
71
67
138
T29
Ross Fisher
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T40
Ashun Wu
CHI
-5
71
68
139
T40
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
72
67
139
T40
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
73
66
139
T40
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T40
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
68
71
139
T40
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
69
70
139
T40
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-5
71
68
139
T47
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
72
140
T47
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-4
71
69
140
T47
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
72
68
140
T47
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-4
75
65
140
T47
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
70
70
140
T47
Victor Perez
FRA
-4
70
70
140
T47
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-4
71
69
140
T47
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-4
68
72
140
T47
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-4
72
68
140
T56
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
72
141
T56
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
71
70
141
T56
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-3
68
73
141
T56
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
72
69
141
T56
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
72
69
141
T56
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
74
67
141
T56
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T56
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
69
72
141
T56
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
70
71
141
T56
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
71
70
141
T56
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
67
74
141
T56
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T56
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
69
72
141
T56
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
67
74
141
T56
Shaun Norris
RSA
-3
72
69
141
T56
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
72
69
141
T56
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
73
68
141
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
72
70
142
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Rayhan Thomas
IND
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
145
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
77
68
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
70
75
145
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
78
67
145
CUT
Victor Riu
FRA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
1
76
69
145
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Colin Montgomerie
SCO
2
71
75
146
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
74
72
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
73
73
146
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
76
70
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
77
71
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
81
68
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
72
77
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
76
74
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
76
76
152

Round 1: Matt Fitzpatrick finishes with a flourish for Dubai lead

Matt Fitzpatrick closed his opening round 65 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with four successive birdies to move into a one-stroke lead at Emirates Golf Club.

Round 1: Matt Fitzpatrick finishes with a flourish for Dubai lead © Getty Images

© Getty Images


“It was obviously a great finish to the round. A couple things that sort of I’ve been doing in the off-season sort of looked to have paid off a little bit, so I just added a bit of extra length to my driver, so it’s given me a few yards to help get on in two on the last because I’ve never been able to do that. And wedging it a lot better has given me a few more chances coming in.”

The Englishman, whose two most recent victories have come at the 2017 and 2018 Omega European Masters, got off to a perfect start in his first European Tour event of 2019 with an opening birdie before picking up seven more, including five in his final six holes, to move to the front on seven under.

Fitzpatrick finished runner up in the opening event of this season at November’s Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi, and is – alongside Swede Alex Noren – one of only two players to have won in all of the previous four European Tour seasons.

“I was really disappointed with my season last year, second in Hong Kong kind of saved it a little bit at the end of the year there, but I knew a lot of things needed to change. I needed to work on different parts of my game, different shots, and really did feel like I put in a lot of work, to be honest. So far I’ve played five rounds this year and have played pretty well for all of them. Hopefully it continues, it’s just nice to see it pay off.”


Eight players, including 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia and World Number Five Bryson DeChambeau, shared second place on six under par, while defending champion Li Haotong was among those two shots back.

Sergio Garcia: “It’s a new year, and I’m excited to do some good things,” said Garcia. “I think that obviously I’ve started fairly well. Felt pretty good last week other than a couple little moments here and there. But you know, it’s normal, it’s the beginning of the year. Still a little bit rusty. But today was a nice solid round, and we’re just going to keep it going.

“I felt like I played better as the round went on. I felt like the back nine I hit a lot of good iron shots, and because of that, I was able to score a little bit better. On the front I hit some good shots, but I didn’t hit it quite as close to the flag as I would have liked to, but other than that, it was good.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-7
65
T2
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-6
66
T2
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-6
66
T2
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-6
66
T2
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
66
T2
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-6
66
T2
Scott Hend
AUS
-6
66
T2
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-6
66
T2
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
66
T10
Kim Koivu
FIN
-5
67
T10
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-5
67
T10
Haotong Li
CHN
-5
67
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
67
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
67
T10
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
67
T10
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
67
T10
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
67
T10
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
67
T19
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-4
68
T19
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-4
68
T19
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
68
T19
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
68
T19
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
68
T19
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-4
68
T19
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
68
T19
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
T19
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
68
T19
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
68
T19
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
68
T19
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
T31
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T31
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
69
T31
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-3
69
T31
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
69
T31
Shane Lowry
IRL
-3
69
T31
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-3
69
T31
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T31
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
T31
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
69
T31
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
69
T31
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-3
69
T31
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
69
T31
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
69
T44
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
70
T44
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
70
T44
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
70
T44
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-2
70
T44
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T44
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
70
T44
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-2
70
T44
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
70
T44
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
70
T44
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-2
70
T44
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
T44
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
70
T44
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-2
70
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-2
70
T44
Victor Perez
FRA
-2
70
T44
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
70
T60
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-1
71
T60
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
71
T60
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
71
T60
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
71
T60
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
71
T60
Colin Montgomerie
SCO
-1
71
T60
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
71
T60
David Horsey
ENG
-1
71
T60
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
T60
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
71
T60
Ashun Wu
CHI
-1
71
T60
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
71
T60
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
71
T60
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-1
71
T60
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
71
T75
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
72
T75
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
72
T75
Shaun Norris
RSA
Par
72
T75
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
72
T75
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
72
T75
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
72
T75
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
72
T75
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
72
T75
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
72
T75
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
72
T75
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
72
T75
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
72
T75
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
72
T75
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
72
T75
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T75
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
72
T91
David Drysdale
SCO
1
73
T91
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T91
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
73
T91
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
73
T91
Jovan Rebula
RSA
1
73
T91
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
73
T91
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
1
73
T91
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
73
T91
Justin Walters
RSA
1
73
T91
Steven Brown
ENG
1
73
T101
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
74
T101
Rayhan Thomas
IND
2
74
T101
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
T101
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
74
T101
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
2
74
T101
Andy Sullivan
ENG
2
74
T101
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
2
74
T101
Victor Riu
FRA
2
74
T101
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T101
David Lipsky
USA
2
74
T101
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
2
74
T101
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
74
T101
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
74
T101
Robert Rock
ENG
2
74
T101
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
74
T101
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
74
T117
Andres Romero
ARG
3
75
T117
James Morrison
ENG
3
75
T117
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
75
T117
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
75
T117
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
75
T117
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
75
T123
Trevor Immelman
RSA
4
76
T123
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
4
76
T123
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
76
T123
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
76
T127
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
77
T127
Andrea Pavan
ITA
5
77
T127
Pelle Edberg
SWE
5
77
T127
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
5
77
131
Richard Sterne
RSA
6
78
132
David Howell
ENG
9
81