Records continue to fall for McIlroy after winning Hero Dubai Desest Classic

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The records continue to tumble for Rory McIlroy who captured the 35th hosting of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, making it a record fourth tournament win at the Middle East’s oldest European Tour event.

McIlroy toasted a first success of the New Year by shooting a closing round of 70, good enough to win by a shot at 14-under from Poland’s Adrian Meronk at Emirates Golf Club.

His win after last week’s bitter disappointment in finishing runner-up in the Dubai Invitational, saw McIlroy join Scotland’s Stevie Gallacher as only the second repeat winner in the premier UAE event at the Emirates Club.

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Additionally, it is only a second time in his career McIlroy has successfully defended a title having won the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour back-to-back in 2020 and then in 2021, albeit on different courses.

The win is McIlroy’s sixth in Dubai, a 17th DP World Tour title, as well as a 38th victory worldwide.

McIlroy headed into closing day of the the season’s first Rolex Series event trailing two shots behind visiting American Cameron Young, who led at 12-under, and in the end it was McIlroy a two-shot winner to be handed the famed Dallah trophy for a fourth time since his maiden Desert Classic success that was also his maiden career win in 2009.

“It’s really cool. I didn’t think about that during the course of the round. It was a tricky day, it was hard to make a ton of birdies”, said McIlroy.

“The 8th and 9th holes were key to make birdies. I made a blunder on 13th but I steadied the ship well. I held on as best as I could. Thankfully, nobody at the top of the leaderboard made much of a run.

“Played the game long enough to know how these are going to go! Incredible to get my fourth win at the Emirates.

“It’s a great start to the season. It’s a great platform to build from. There’s still a few misses off the tee from the left. It’s great to get the competition and come out on top.”

With his 2024 Hero Dubai Desert Classic Victory: Rory McIlroy’s career in numbers

Pro career win number 38

DP World Tour win number 17

Hero Dubai Desert Classic victories – 4 (Record)

Combined four Hero Dubai Desert Classic winning totals – 74 under par

Prize payout for his four Dubai wins – $3,818,505

Only second player in 35-year of Hero Dubai Desert Classic to win back-to-back (Stevie Gallacher 2013 & ’14)

Victories in Dubai – 6

Reflecting his global status, he’s won in nine different countries on five different continents

Just a second time in his career he’s successfully defended a title after winning the 2021 and ’22 CJ Cup

Only a second victory in the month of January. His best winning month is May – 7 (Has never won in the month of April)

Has now won at least one tournament a year, with exemption of 2017 and 2020 since 2009

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