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Well done Tommy

The DP World Tour, the new name and identity of the European Tour, kicked off its 2024 season with a bang at the Dubai Invitational, the first of four Signature Events that feature a smaller and stronger field, a larger purse, and more Race to Dubai points. The Dubai Invitational was held from January 11 to January 14 at the Dubai Creek Resort, a par-71 course that measures 7,005 yards and offers stunning views of the city skyline and the creek. The tournament attracted 60 of the top players in the world, who had qualified by winning a DP World Tour event in 2023 or finishing in the top 50 of the Race to Dubai.

The Dubai Invitational was a thrilling and exciting tournament that showcased some of the best golf and drama in the world. It featured some of the most famous and talented players, such as Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, and Adrian Meronk, as well as some of the most promising and emerging players, such as Nicolai Højgaard, Ryan Fox, and Ken Weyand.

The Dubai Invitational was a close and competitive tournament that went down to the wire, with several players in contention for the title. The leader after the first round was Rory McIlroy, who shot a flawless 64 to take a one-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Højgaard. McIlroy continued his impressive form in the second round, shooting a 66 to extend his lead to three shots over Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari. However, McIlroy stumbled in the third round, shooting a 71 to fall into a tie for the lead with Fleetwood, who shot a 67.

The final round was a nail-biting affair, with six players within three shots of the lead. McIlroy and Fleetwood exchanged birdies and bogeys on the front nine, while Molinari and Meronk made their moves with four birdies each. Højgaard and Fox also joined the fray with three birdies each. The turning point came on the 14th hole, where McIlroy made a double bogey after finding the water, while Fleetwood made a birdie to take a two-shot lead. Fleetwood then held his nerve on the final holes, making pars on the 15th, 16th, and 17th, and a birdie on the 18th, to seal the victory with a final-round 68 and a total of 19-under 269. McIlroy finished second with a 71 and a total of 16-under 272, while Molinari finished third with a 68 and a total of 15-under 273.

The Dubai Invitational was a personal and professional triumph for Fleetwood, who earned his seventh DP World Tour title, his first since 2019, and moved up to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 1 in the Race to Dubai standings. Fleetwood was emotional after his victory, as he dedicated it to his father, who had passed away a few months earlier. Fleetwood said he was grateful for the support and the love of his family, friends, and fans, and that he was proud of himself for playing well and winning in such a tough field and course.

The Dubai Invitational was not only a personal and professional triumph for Fleetwood, but also a showcase of the DP World Tour’s new Signature Event format, which features a smaller and stronger field, a larger purse, and more Race to Dubai points. The tournament attracted some of the best players and fans in the world, and delivered some of the best golf and entertainment in the world. The tournament also served as a warm-up for the players who will compete in the Dubai Desert Classic, the second DP World Tour event of the year, which will take place from January 18 to January 21 at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

The Dubai Invitational was a thrilling and exciting tournament that kicked off the DP World Tour season in style. It featured some of the best golfers in the world, some of the most stunning views in Dubai, and some of the most dramatic moments in golf. It also featured a remarkable and inspiring story of resilience and dedication, as Tommy Fleetwood proved that he is one of the best players in the world. Congratulations to Tommy Fleetwood, the champion of the Dubai Invitational, and the first Signature Event winner of the year.

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