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Harrington commits to Dubai appearance in January

Cathal Mullaney
Cathal Mullaney

19:10 18 Dec 2019

Padraig Harrington will be Dubai-bound in January after it was confirmed he will tee it up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic early in the new year.

The 2020 Ryder Cup captain is set to join a star-studded field at the Emirates Golf Club between January 23rd and 26th, which comes the week after the Rolex Series event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, a tournament won by Shane Lowry in 2019.

The Abu Dhabi Championship carries a total fund of $7million, compared to $3.25million at the Dubai Desert Classic.

A number of high profile players are set to tee off, including major winners Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett.

Harrington confirms appearance

The events make up the European Tour's 'desert swing', with the controversial Saudi International taking place at the end of January.

Harrington - who finished second at the tournament in 2001 alongside Tiger Woods - says it is an event he is looking forward to.

"The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is one of our most iconic events and one I cannot wait to return to," the Dubliner commented.

"There is a lot of golf to be played between now and Whistling Straits and, in that time, I hope to play with everyone who is in contention for the team.

"I can think of no better place to do so than Emirates Golf Club, so I’m looking forward to it."

The schedule of the three-time major winner will be impacted by his captaincy of Europe at the Ryder Cup next autumn, as he monitors players that could represent Europe for the match at Whistling Straits.

Harrington will be joined in Dubai by former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, who led Europe to success in the 2018 staging of the biennial match in Paris.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic's defending champion is the USA's Bryson DeChambeau.

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