Expo 2020 Dubai and OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic join forces at Emirates Golf Club
To mark the 31st edition of the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, which will be taking place between 23rd to 26th January, 2020, defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2017 champion Sergio Garcia, 2017 Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter and up-and-coming amateur Josh Hill were joined by two of the official Expo 2020 Dubai mascots – eight-year-old Emirati girl Latifa, and her nine-year-old brother, Rashid.
The group photo took place at Emirates Golf Club, with the players and mascots converging on the eighth hole of the renowned Majlis Course. With the iconic Dubai skyline serving as a dramatic backdrop, the strength of the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic field was displayed in all its glory.
The 132-man line-up includes 16 of the world’s top 50 ranked players, 35 of the top 100, nine Major champions with 12 Major titles between them, two former world number ones, six Race to Dubai winners, 25 Ryder Cup players, 11 former OMEGA Dubai Desert champions, 34 players who have five or more European Tour victories and 95 of the top 115 on the final 2019 Race to Dubai Rankings.
Despite boasting one of its strongest ever fields, the line-up was further strengthened by the official mascots of Expo 2020. Together, these intrepid siblings will be helping the millions of visitors to Expo 2020 (20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021), explore the world-changing innovations revealed at past World Expos and discover all about The World’s Greatest Show of human brilliance and achievement. Some 25 million visits are anticipated to the mega-event.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau was keen to emphasise the challenge he faced if he was to retain his title in Dubai, commenting: “Being with everyone lined up for this photo makes you realise the quality of this event and the strength of the field. I am excited to be back in Dubai with these great players and look forward to battling to retain the Dallah trophy. In the meantime, it was awesome to meet both Latifa and Rashid, ahead of this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai!”
Simon Corkill, Tournament Director, who joined the photo call said: “When I see these fantastic international players gathered on the award-winning Majlis Course, it’s clear how far golf in Dubai has come since our first tournament back in 1989. The OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic is committed to delivering a world-class golf tournament and as you can see from the players participating in this photo call, our 2020 field of players, including our defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, more than lives up to this expectation.”