Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic Field 2022

A number of high-profile players have already confirmed their place in the iconic Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event of the DP World Tour.

Rory McIlroy Hits A Tee Shot At The Dubai Desert Classic
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The Dubai Desert Classic is one of the most iconic jewels in the DP World Tour calendar. Inaugurated in 1989, it was the first ever tournament to be played in the Arabian Peninsula, and opened the doors for many other countries in that region to host their own golf events, for which there is now currently five on the DP World Tour schedule.

Having hosted some of the strongest fields ever seen on the European and DP World Tour, 2022 is set to be no different, with the event seeing its prize money more than doubled from $3.25 million to $8 million. This is thanks to the tournament becoming a Rolex Series event for the first time ever, a new addition for the 2022 DP World Tour season. 

Being hosted on the world-famous Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club, the event did have a brief period away at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in 1999 and 2000, but has since returned to its original home, which offers superb views of the stunning Dubai skyline, particularly from the picturesque 8th tee. 

A Before And After Shot Of The Emirates Golf Club

On the left, the Emirates Golf Club in 1990. On the right, the Emirates Golf Club in 2012.

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In 2021, five-time European Ryder Cup player Paul Casey took the spoils, with a commanding four-shot victory over Brandon Stone. “Dubai was an emotional win for me in January,” said Casey.  “Not only for reaching 15 European Tour wins, but with the history involved, joining such an illustrious list of players who have lifted the Dallah trophy, and it all happened at such an iconic event.

“It’s exciting to see the tournament become part of the Rolex Series. We know it will be a fantastic week with a great field and I can’t wait to have the chance to get my hands on one of the coolest trophies around, once again.”

This year, the Englishman will have to be at the top of his game to defend his title, with a number of golfing giants already confirming their place in Dubai.

Currently confirmed are DP World Tour Number One and 2021 Open Champion, Collin Morikawa, as well as four-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy, with both men headlining a a strong Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship field the week prior.

Also joining the duo will be former Masters champions, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott, as well as 2017 Race to Dubai/DP World Tour winner, Tommy Fleetwood.

After making his debut at last year's event, Morikawa will be returning to the Emirates Club, looking to improve on his T68 finish in 2021. “I really enjoyed my first experience of the Dubai Desert Classic,” Morikawa said. 

“I’m looking forward to making the trip back over in January. For me it’s exciting to compete in an event as iconic as this and I am excited to have the chance to join so many great names on the list of winners.”

Paul Casey With The Trophy At The Dubai Desert Classic

Casey produced a 17-under-par total as he finished four shots clear.

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Another past champion joining the elite field is two-time winner of the event, Rory McIlroy, who confirmed his place back in November.

"I have so many wonderful memories from playing in Dubai over the years, and particularly over the Majlis Course, where I've been able to win twice," McIlroy said. "I look forward to coming back to Dubai and aiming to get my hands on that incredible trophy again."

DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC FIELD 2022 

  • Collin Morikawa
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Tyrrell Hatton 
  • Paul Casey
  • Lee Westwood
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Lucas Herbert
  • Shane Lowry
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Adam Scott
  • Takumi Kanaya
  • Ian Poulter
  • Robert MacIntyre
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Garrick Higgo
  • Henrik Stenson 
  • Danny Willett
  • Brandon Stone
  • Thorbjorn Oleson 
  • Chris Wood
  • Thomas Pieters
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello
  • Nicolai Hojgaard
  • Rasmus Hojgaard
  • Richard Bland 
  • Dean Burmester 
  • Jorge Campillo
  • Sami Valimaki 
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Pablo Larrazabal 
  • Steven Brown 
  • Nicolas Colsaerts 
  • Victor Perez 
  • Sebastian Soderberg
  • Erik Van Rooyen
  • Andrea Pavan
  • Marcus Kinhult 
  • Mikko Korhonen 
  • Stephen Gallacher 
  • Scott Hend
  • Justin Harding 
  • Ashun Wu
  • Paul Waring
  • Haotong Li
  • Thriston Lawrence 
  • Joachim B Hansen 
  • Jeff Winther 
  • Kristoffer Broberg
  • Johannes Veerman 
  • Calum Hill
  • Grant Forrest 
  • Daniel Gavins
  • Nacho Elvira
  • Jonathan Caldwell
  • Marcus Armitage
  • John Catlin
  • Daniel Van Tonder
  • Antoine Rozner
  • Padraig Harrington
  • Colin Montgomerie 
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez
  • Thomas Bjorn
  • Samuel Bennett 
  • Ludvig Aberg
  • Ahmad Skaik
  • Alexander Bjork
  • Guido Migliozzi 
  • Jason Scrivener 
  • Laurie Canter
  • Thomas Detry
  • Adri Arnaus
  • Jamie Donaldson
  • Adrian Meronk 
  • Francesco Laporta
  • Sam Horsfield
  • Sean Crocker 
  • Masahiro Kawamura
  • Joakim Lagergren
  • Maximillian Kieffer
  • Tapio Pulkkanen 
  • James Morrison 
  • Andy Sullivan
  • Alexander Levy
  • Edoardo Molinari
  • Adrian Otaegui
  • Fabrizio Zanotti
  • Andrew Johnston
  • Matthieu Pavon
  • Matthias Schwab 
  • Shubhankar Sharma 
  • Jordan Smith
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat 
  • Kalle Samooja 
  • Richie Ramsay 
  • Matthew Jordan
  • Jazz Janewattananond
  • David Horsey
  • Ryan Fox
  • Wade Ormsby 
  • Matt Wallace
  • Maverick Antcliff
  • Joost Luiten 
  • Rikard Karlberg
  • Will Besseling
  • Nino Bertasio
  • Matthew Southgate
  • Darius Van Driel 
  • Alejandro Canizares
  • Lucas Bjerregaard 
  • David Law
  • Julien Guerrier 
  • Callum Shinkwin
  • George Coetzee 
  • Connor Syme
  • Justin Walters
  • Dale Whitnell 
  • Scott Jamieson 
  • Marc Warren
  • Romain Langasque
  • Victor Dubuisson
  • Matti Schmid
  • Jacques Kruyswijk 
  • Darren Fichardt
  • Chris Paisley 
  • Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
  • Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
  • David Drysdale 
  • Richard Sterne 
  • The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Winner, Tournament invite and Leading available DP World Tour member (includes affiliates and ranked Challenge Tour members) not otherwise exempt finishing in the top-10 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Where Is The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic?

The event will once again be played at the world-famous Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club. Since the tournament began in 1989, it has been staged at this course, but briefly moved to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in 1999 and 2000, since then, it has returned to its original home. Playing as a par-72, it measures just over 7,300 yards with Bryson DeChambeau holding the tournament record score of 24-under-par, which he set in 2019.

Who Won The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic Last Year?

Paul Casey took the title in 2021, securing his 15th European Tour/DP World Tour victory in the process. The Englishman led by one shot going into Sunday's final round, with a two-under 70 good enough for a 17-under final total and four shot victory over Brandon Stone, with Robert MacIntyre a further shot back.

What Is The Prize Fund At The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic

This year sees the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic become a Rolex Series event for the very first time, with the tournament purse going from $3.5 million to $8 million. The event will also follow the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, meaning that 2022 will start with two Rolex Series events for the DP World Tour.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.