Latest from Hawaii – click to read what the President is doing
The young Northern Irishman ruled the golfing roost in 2012, winning five titles, but a change of equipment and some off-course legal distractions coincided with a slump in form that has seen him slide to sixth in the rankings. McIlroy ended a 12-month drought by landing last month’s Australian Open title and he said that victory had restored his belief going into the new season. “I feel that my game is really coming back, going down to Australia and winning,” the 24-year-old told the BBC. “Beating (world number two) Adam Scott down there was really nice and while it doesn’t make up for the other weeks during the year, it gives me some momentum for 2014. “I won a major in 2011 and 2012 but not in 2013 so I’ll try to make up for that with two this year.” McIlroy, who announced his engagement to former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki earlier this week, said he was learning to handle the pressure of competing for golf’s top prizes.
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The press pool, after holding in the club house without view of the golf course, was taken to the public street overlooking the golf course about 4 p.m. local. There were about two dozen onlookers, including a local TV news camera crew and a news still photographer, already in position on the street waiting to catch a glimpse of the golfing president. Also among the onlookers were several young men with no shirts on and some other people holding their dogs on leashes.
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Emirates NBD drives passion for golf with Omega Dubai Desert Classic
The three most sought-after players on the planet will also feature in the Champions Challenge, an 18-hole stroke-play showpiece which will see former Omega Dubai Desert Classic (ODDC) champions contest for a share of the $600,000 prize fund while reliving their memorable moments on the Majlis course on Tuesday January 28. With a keen interest in elevating the standards of sport in the UAE and in line with our Passion for Golf strategy, Emirates NBD is proud to be a sponsor of the 25th anniversary of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, a great sporting event that reflects our values, said Shayne Nelson, Group CEO, Emirates NBD. As the oldest-running European Tour event in the region, the ODDC has also built a strong reputation and offers spectators a chance to witness golf of a very high standard. Traditionally, the game of golf is associated with decision makers and senior level executives, making it an important networking platform for many of our premium clients, he said. Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said: “Sharing Emirates NBD’s common goal of further cementing UAE’s position as a key player in the world’s golfing community, we are delighted to have them once again on board for what we believe will be a splendid event. We are delighted to have such a wonderful family of sponsors at golf in DUBAi. golf in DUBAi’ is backed by Omega as the title sponsor and DUBAL as the sponsor.
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