RELEASE: Hero Dubai Desert Classic:Rory Mcilroy begins a historic week

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Hero Dubai Desert Classic:Rory Mcilroy kicks off historic week with superb drive from iconic Atlantis The Royal, Dubai

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Rory McIlroy began his quest for glory at the 35th Hero Dubai Desert Classic with a stunning performance atop the iconic Atlantis The Royal, Dubai. The defending champion is seeking his coveted fourth Dallah Trophy with the Rolex Series event starting at the Emirates Golf Club on Thursday.

In true Rory fashion, McIlroy produced a spectacular hole-in-one scene to celebrate the start of the tournament and the region's oldest golf event. McIlroy, champion of the Majlis course in 2009, 2015 and 2023, aims to etch his name in history as the first four-time champion of the illustrious event.

Upon returning to the city he once called his second home, McIlroy expressed his excitement, saying: "I am excited to return to the Majlis this weekend, a field filled with great memories, from the beginning of my career to the exciting end of the Last year, Dubai held a special place in my heart and it has been incredible to witness the dynamic evolution of the city year after year when I return. The view from where we are now is a testament to that. I am really looking forward to this weekend".

McIlroy will take on the competition from an elite field of golf's top talent, with top winners Pádraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari, world No. 9 and reigning Open champion Brian Harman, as well as fellow Ryder winners Cup, Luke Donald, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, among the star-studded names taking part this weekend.

This year's tournament is the first GEO-certified event in the Middle East, the first in the DP World Tour's Rolex Series, and is testament to Dubai's rapid expansion to become a global center for world-class sports and entertainment. which always attracts the top names in the respective industries.

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic will take place from Thursday, January 18 to the final day, Sunday, January 21, 2024, as part of the kick-off of this year's Rolex Series.

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