World No. 1 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) booked the championship by beating players from LIV Golf sponsored by Saudi Arabia.
McIlroy won the 3rd round of the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) Hero Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money of 9 million dollars) held at the Emirates Golf Club (par 72, 7428 yards) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 29th (local time). He swung a 7 under par 65 strokes. McIlroy, who recorded an interim total of 15 under par 201, was named the sole leader.
There is some margin as it is three strokes behind Dan Bradbury and Callum Sinkwin (above from England), who are tied for second place (intermediate total, 12 under par, 204 strokes). Due to bad weather, the schedule was postponed by one day, so the winner will be determined in the final game on the 30th.
McIlroy, who started in a tie for seventh place by two strokes, played together with LIV golf player Bernd Wiesberger (Austria). McIlroy, along with Tiger Woods, is at the forefront of the PGA Tour’s archers, and is confronting players who have moved on to LIV golf.
McIlroy began to overwhelm Wiesberger with four consecutive birdies on holes 1 through 4. He continued his upward trend by adding three consecutive birdies on holes 13 to 15 and another birdie on hole 17 (par 4). However, he failed to complete a flawless play because he committed a bogey on the last 18th hole (par 5).
McIlroy had the best shot feeling that day. In particular, he reduced the number of strokes by leading the ‘iron shot with an awl’ with a green hit rate of 77.8%. The number of putts per hole was good at 1.5. If McIlroy wins this tournament, it will be his 15th win on the DP World Tour.
Patrick Reed (USA) and Ian Poulter (England), ‘LIV Golf Members’ who had a verbal battle with McIlroy before the opening of the tournament, and Victor Perez (France), who won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week, tied for 4th place (intermediate total 11 under par 205 strokes) was seated in 먹튀검증
Amateur Michael Torbjornsen (USA), who showed the spirit of being tied for the lead the day before until the second round, lost one stroke and was tied for 19th (interim total, 9 under par, 209 strokes), and Wang Jeong-hoon (28) tied for 30th (interim total, 7 under par). 209) was located.