McIlroy the headline act at Hero Dubai Desert Classic

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The world number two will be joined by several other golf stars at Hero Dubai Desert Classic next weekend

Although the Abu Dhabi Open Championship has been moved to November this year, golf lovers fear not as an exciting group of established stars and emerging talent is set to light up the 35th edition of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club from 18 to 21 January.

World Number Two and defending champion Rory McIlroy headlines the field at the first Rolex Series event of the 2024 Race to Dubai, as he seeks to lift the famous Dallah trophy for a historic fourth time.

The Northen Irishman will be joined by fellow Major winners, including reigning Open champion Brian Harman – who makes his debut at the iconic event – Pádraig Harrington, Francesco Molinari and Adam Scott.

Most recent Rolex Series winner Nicolai Højgaard – who triumphed the last time he teed it up in Dubai at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship – is joined in the field by his twin brother and four-time DP World Tour winner Rasmus.

Simon Corkill, Executive Tournament Director of Hero Dubai Desert Classic, said: “We are eagerly awaiting the return of the top stars from the DP World Tour to the Majlis course for this year’s historic edition of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic. The 35th edition promises to be the best Dubai Desert Classic on record.”

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic will be celebrating its 35th anniversary and its recent official certification as the first GEO-Certified event in the Middle East, and the first in the DP World Tour’s Rolex Series.

This year’s event combines world-class golf with a huge array of family-friendly entertainment.  Spectators can look forward to a wider variety of options off the course than ever before with something for fans of all ages to enjoy across the tournament.

Organisers are also encouraging fans to use the Metro service to travel to and from the tournament, with Al Khail station located directly outside the club’s main entrance.

For more information and for free general admission tickets to the HDDC, please visit, and download the Hero Dubai Desert Classic app available on App Store or Google Play



18-21 January


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Shane Reynolds