Four-time major winner and world No2 Rory McIlroy, reigning Open champion and world No4 Henrik Stenson and Masters winner Danny Willett will try and add to their tally of Omega Dubai Desert Classic wins when the tournament tees off at Emirates Golf Club from February 2 to 5 next year.
The trio have won 29 European Tour events between them, including four Dubai Desert Classics, with Willett the defending champion.
“To think the tournament is now in its 28th year, just older than I am, is testimony to its enduring strength,” said McIlroy, who will be making his 11th appearance in Dubai, the most number of times he has played anywhere in the world.
“I have great memories of this course and tournament. I made cut here for the first time in a European Tour event as a 17-year-old amateur in 2007 and I secured my first professional win here two years later.”
The 27-year-old Holywood native, who is now 96-under-par for his last seven appearances, including wins in 2009 and 2015., added: “I will always cherish those important moments in the early part of my career. That first win was a real stepping-stone for me, helping my confidence and leading to the successes that followed.