Martin Kaymer ahead of Tiger Woods in the World Ranking

Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer

Germany’s Martin Kaymer claimed the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and in the process has leap-frogged Tiger Woods in the world rankings. World No. 2, Martin Kaymer,won the Middle East tournament for a record third time in four years.

Kaymer, the current USPGA champion and winner of last season’s European Tour Race to Dubai, now has a week of practice before the Qatar Masters on February 3, 2011, after which he will join a star-studded field, including Tiger Woods and World No. 1 Lee Westwood, at the Dubai Desert Classic on February 7, 2011.

The reputation of Yas Links Abu Dhabi has been further reinforced after it played host to new World No. 2, Martin Kaymer, the day after he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a record third time in four years.

The 26-year-old German spent the day at the Middle East’s ‘best golf course’ – the region’s only links course and designed by renowned American architect, Kyle Phillips – to play centre-stage in a new Hugo Boss clothing photo shoot.

For Chris White, General Manager of Aldar Golf, developers of Yas Links, hosting the new World No. 2 is testament to the pedigree of the course.

He said: “Since the opening of Yas Links, we have hosted some of the world’s top players, including World No. 1 Lee Westwood, reigning US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell, two-time World Golf Championship winner, Darren Clarke, and of course the new World No. 2 Martin Kaymer, to name a few.

“The interest and attraction of Yas Links and what it has to offer is forever growing, with more and more people – from golf fans, avid players and professionals to international athletes and celebrities – wanting to visit the Middle East’s first links course.”

Rory McIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic – his first European Tour victory

19-year old Rory McIlroy has promised much since turning professional and joining the European Tour two seasons ago in 2007.  But hitherto, McIlroy had played some great tournaments but ultimately failed to win any titles.  It seemed the young golfer from Northern Ireland was affected by nerves when trying to hold on to a lead or battling it out in a high profile play-off.

But yesterday Rory McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic, but only just.  At one point on the final day it looked like he was going to throw it away again.  McIlroy had led from the first day, and on the final round, with six holes to play was leading by six shots.  But Justin Rose made a last minute surge with three bogeys, and finished in second place just one shot off the lead.

Speaking to reporters after the victory Rory McIlroy admitted:

“It has taken monkey off my back, having lost in play-offs … It is nice to hold it together on the last with a great up-and-down for the victory. To beat a field of this quality is very satisfying.”

Rory McIlroy now moves to 14th in the world rankings and is looking forward to a practise round with Tiger Woods at the US Masters.