Stenson gunning for Dubai success

Henrik Stenson will look to repeat his 2007 success when he returns to compete at the long-running Dubai Desert Classic in January.

The Swede still has fond memories of going toe-to-toe with Ernie Els in the final round of the 2007 Desert Classic. He eventually was able to complete a one-shot victory with a seven-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole.

That was a pivotal victory in the context of Stenson’s career, who has since gone on to become one of the best players in world golf.

“It was a great week for me, and holding off such a great player in front of family and friends made it even more special. Like they say, once a champion, always a champion, so it’s nice to see your name on the trophy and on the wall in the clubhouse,” Stenson told

“Dubai will always mean a lot to me and it is nice that I was able to win this tournament. I will always feel at home here, and the course has always been in a great shape and it’s a tribute to all the hard work put in by the green keepers.

“The finishing holes at the Majlis are quite interesting in the sense that they offer you a realistic chance of picking up three shots. The short par four 17th is a good birdie hole and on the 18th you can be aggressive and aim for an eagle.

“It is one of my favourite weeks on the Tour and I always look forward to it,” added the 38-year-old.

The Dubai Desert Classic tees off on January 29.