|2022||Emirates Golf Club||Viktor Hovland|
2022: Viktor Hovland
When the European Tour introduced the Rolex Series they wanted a selection of world-class golfers to compete on excellent golf courses and provide thrilling finishes. There was, therefore, delight among everybody involved with the newly minted DP World Tour with the way that the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic unfolded. A final round packed full of twists and turns ended with Viktor Hovland taking another big step forward in his career with his biggest win to date.
Hovland looked like an unlikely winner on Sunday morning in Dubai. He was six shots off the lead held by Justin Harding but quickly set about reducing the deficit. A superb round of 66 saw the Norwegian set the clubhouse lead and the target that the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton and Erik van Rooyen had to chase. Of those three it was McIlroy who got closest but an errant approach shot from long distance on the par-five 18th hole that found the water meant he could not get the birdie he needed to make a playoff with Hovland.
Richard Bland was the only man who could tie with Hovland at the end of 72 holes. Unlike McIlroy, Bland did hole a big putt on the final green to reach a score of -12 but his challenge ended after just one extra hole, Hovland winning the title with a birdie.