Stephen Gallacher became the first golfer in the 25-year history of the OMEGA Dubai Desert classic to defend the tournament’s title and he did so in dramatic fashion with an eagle on the 18th hole.
The spectators at the Emirates Golf Club were kept guessing on the outcome until the final putt. The victor finished the tournament with a total of 16 under par, claiming the lead after it had changed hands several times during the day. The Scotsman played well throughout and held off a challenge from a surging Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.
Along with the championship trophy and cheque, Stephen Gallacher was also awarded with an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar.
On behalf of OMEGA, Raynald Aeschlimann, Vice President and International Sales Director said: “We congratulate Stephen for his consistent performance through this indeed classic and historic tournament. This 25th edition of the Dubai Desert Classic clearly demonstrated the extent to which golf in Dubai has become a truly global sport with the presence of the tournament’s 21 winners over the past 25 editions and the sport’s top talent battling out till the end.”
This year, the field in Dubai included two OMEGA golf ambassadors Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and S Y Noh from South Korea making a second appearance. Both played well and McIlroy, who was atop the leaderboard going into the weekend, only felt out of contention for the title on the back nine in the final round.
OMEGA is a long-standing sponsor and supporter of golf in Dubai and has been a sponsor of the Dubai Desert Classic held at the Emirates Golf Club since its inception in 1989 and a title sponsor for 8 years. Omega has also sponsored the Dubai Ladies Masters for the past five years.
Following the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, the watch brand now sets its sights on Sochi where, for the 26th time, it will serve as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.
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