European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington has added the AVIV Dubai Championship to his Portugal Masters entry as he looks to break into the top-50 players on the Race to Dubai and secure his place in the November 18 starting Tour Championship.
The 50-year old finds himself in 68th spot from 10 counting events and joins Race to Dubai winners Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer, and defending champion Antoine Rozner and World Number 27 Paul Casey as a strong international field assembles for the penultimate event on the 2021 Race to Dubai season.
Rozner finished two strokes clear of compatriot Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Italian Francesco Laporta and English pair Andy Sullivan and Matt Wallace to secure his maiden victory last December, and the Frenchman is hoping to defend his title in style at the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 11-14.
One of Harrington’s Ryder Cup rookies Bernd Wiesberger will also tee it up alongside four-time European Tour winner Wallace, and past Rolex Series winners Min Woo Lee and Rafa Cabrera Bello, the latter recently winning his national open in impressive style earlier this month in Madrid.
Free general admission tickets are available here for spectators to watch some of the world’s best golfers compete to stamp their ticket to the season-ending event.
“It’s always great to be back playing in Dubai and I’m very excited to defend a European Tour title for the first time,” said Rozner. “We have two quality weeks at Jumeriah Golf Estates to conclude the Race to Dubai, and I have fond memories here from last year, so I would love to add to those wonderful times with another good week in Dubai.”
Fleetwood, a five-time European Tour winner, added: “I’m excited to tee it up at the AVIV Dubai Championship and to play the Fire course for the first time competitively.
“Dubai is the perfect destination for golf, especially this time of year when you can enjoy the warm weather and the world-class facilities on offer. We are lucky to be playing back-to-back weeks on two fantastic courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates, so I can’t wait to get back out there.”
The US$1.5 million tournament, preceding the final Rolex Series event of 2021, the DP World Tour Championship which will bring the curtain down on this year’s Race to Dubai on the neighbouring Earth course, is title sponsored by AVIV Clinics, the healthcare partner of DP World, which provides unique, personalised medical programmes to enhance the aging process by improving cognitive and physical performance in healthy aging adults.
The field will also include a number of winners on the 2021 Race to Dubai, while fans attending can enjoy the golf up close alongside a variety of food and beverage offerings in the tournament village and on-course. Pre-registration is required for all free general admission, fans can secure their ticket here.