Watson sets sights on Dubai Classic

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Eight-time major winner Tom Watson has set his sights on becoming the oldest winner of the Dubai Desert Classic

Eight-time major winner Tom Watson has set his sights on becoming the oldest winner of the Dubai Desert Classic next month.

The 60-year-old American will join top European players at the event and is hoping to surpass the feat of Mark O’Meara, who won it in 2004 aged 47.

“The winners’ list is quite impressive and I would be very proud and pleased to add my name to it,” said Watson, the surprise runner-up at The Open last year.

Emirates Golf Club will host the tournament from 1-7 February which last year produced a youngest ever winner in Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy who is not quite a third of Watson’s age.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chief executive of Golf In Dubai, said he was “delighted to have a player of the stature and the calibre of Tom Watson” and had no doubt the veteran American would be able to contend.

“He is a great player, we all know,” Buamaim said when referring to the fact that Watson was only denied a fairytale sixth win at the Open at Turnberry last July when he lost his play-off against fellow American Stewart Cink.

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