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Tommy heads for the desert

By Richard Williamson

TOMMY Fleetwood will head for the desert as his 2020 campaign gets up and running.

The Southport golfer will join a star-studded line-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Major champions Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Danny Willett are also competing at Emirates Golf Club from 23-26 January.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, former winners Rafa Cabrera Bello and Henrik Stenson, and European Tour victors Matt Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, Matt Wallace and Lee Westwood add to the strength and depth of the field.

Fleetwood will arrive in Dubai looking to improve on a tie for sixth last year and, potentially, follow in the footsteps of Willett (2016) and Garcia (2017) who, just a few months on from their respective victories over the Majlis Course, went on to claim maiden Major titles at The Masters.

No stranger to success in Dubai, Fleetwood was crowned European Tour Number One at the final event of the 2017 season – the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

As ever the Formby Hall player will be among those tipped for overall honours.

Fleetwood,  ranked 15th on the Official World Golf Ranking, said:  “I love playing in Dubai and this event is among my favourite weeks of the year. We always get looked after so well and the whole week is a fantastic experience. I hope in 2020 I can add my name to the amazing calibre of previous champions.”

The inaugural Omega Dubai Desert Classic was played in 1989 and won by England’s Mark James. Since then, the roll of honour has boasted some of the biggest names in golf over the past 30 years, including the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods.