Sunday, 07 February 2016
Danny Willett shakes hands with Rafa Cabrera-Bello on the 18th green in the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic  (Getty Images)
Danny Willett shakes hands with Rafa Cabrera-Bello on the 18th green in the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Getty Images)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2016 - OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC 

 DANNY WILLETT

• His fourth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 192nd European Tour event.

• Moves to 651,116 points in The Race to Dubai.

• Could move into the top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking, from 20th. 

• His first European Tour victory since the 2015 Omega European Masters.

• Claims European Tour victories in consecutive seasons for the first time.

• This victory beats his previous best 2016 European Tour performance of tied fourth in the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 2015).

• His first European Tour victory in the Middle East.

• His four European Tour victories have all come in different destinations. They are: Germany (2012 BMW International Open), South Africa (2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge), Switzerland (2015 Omega European Masters) and United Arab Emirates (2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic).

• This victory comes in his seventh appearance in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

• This victory beats his previous best performances in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic of tied 13th in both 2014 and 2015.

• Led by one shot going into the final round. Becomes the sixth of the eight winners on the 2016 European Tour to date to win when leading or sharing the lead going into the final round.

• The third of his four European Tour victories where he has led or shared the lead going into the final round. Led by one at the 2012 BMW International Open, by two at the 2015 Omega European Masters and one at the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

• Follows Mark James (1989) and David Howell (1999), as English winners of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.


OTHER FACTS


• The 302nd English victory in European Tour history.

• The first English victory of the 2016 European Tour season.

• The first English winner on The European Tour since Justin Rose at the 2015 UBS Hong Kong Open.

• This victory continues England’s record of being the only country to win in every season in The European Tour’s history, dating back to the first season in 1972.

• This victory beats his previous best European Tour performance in the Middle East of tied fourth in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in 2015.

• Won his first European Tour event at the 2012 BMW International Open in his 106th tournament. Had to wait a further 60 events for win number two, the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge. Including the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge, has now won his last three events in his last 26 European Tour starts.

• To highlight his consistency since the start of the 2015 European Tour season, has played in 26 European Tour events and recorded 11 top ten finishes, including three victories.

• Extends his European Tour exemption until the end of the 2018 season.

• Gains his fourth victory as a professional.

• Moves to 1,541,536 in The European Ryder Cup Points Table.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WILLETT, DannyENG18-19
T2SULLIVAN, AndyENG18-18
T2CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-18
T4QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-16
T4AN, Byeong HunKOR18-16
T6MCILROY, RoryNIR18-15

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