Tiger Woods has confirmed he will compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he will be making his eighth appearance when the longest-running European Tour event in the region takes place at Emirates Golf Club from February 2 to 5, 2017.
Woods will join World Number Two Rory McIlroy, The Open Champion Henrik Stenson and Masters Tournament Champion Danny Willett among other leading players in a stellar line-up.
The former World Number One, who had been sidelined by back problems for 15 months, enjoys fond memories of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, having won it twice and is an amazing 92 under par for the 28 rounds he has played at the Majlis course since making his debut in 2001.
“I've always enjoyed playing in Dubai and it’s fantastic to see how the city has grown phenomenally from when I first started playing there,” said Woods, whose return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge saw him make the most birdies for the week at 24.
“It was great winning in Dubai in 2006 and 2008. When you win in Dubai, you know you’ve beaten an outstanding field. The support from the fans is also just wonderful.
“I still remember making that long putt on the 18th. That was nice. Also, I remember I shot three straight 64s, but only two of them were counted because one was in the pro am. That was the year (2001) when I finished runner-up to Thomas (Bjørn),” he added.
“Tiger has always been a great ambassador for golf in Dubai, having spoken highly of the city and the tournament during his visits here. I am confident his presence will create a global buzz as always, giving a fresh impetus to tourism in the city. After all, he is Tiger Woods for a reason, one who transcends all races, ages and genders,” he said.