In Dubai, Nicolai Hojgaard once again demonstrated his mastery of the golf course. Following the second round of play, the Danish golfer, with a total score of 133 (67 66, -11), is currently in sole possession of the lead at the DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the top male golf circuit on the continent.
Nicolai Hojgaard, results
As one of the members of Team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Rome, Hojgaard boasts a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack of five, all tied at 135 (-9). Among these are two veterans of the sport, Norway's Viktor Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood, and three surprise contenders, Jens Dantorp of Sweden, France's Antoine Rozner, and Thriston Lawrence of South Africa.
At the Jumeirah Golf Estates (par 72), Jon Rahm managed to surge up the leaderboard by 11 places and currently sits 13th with 138 (-6). As the world number three, he is defending the title he won in 2022, as well as victories from 2019 and 2017.
The Spanish golfer makes his mark with a round of 66 (-6), featuring an eagle, six birdies, and two bogeys (one of them clenching). The Rolex Series Tournament has been a source of disappointment for Rory McIlroy thus far.
Currently ranked second in the world, McIlroy's performance in Dubai has placed him a mere 34th with a score of 143 (-1). Despite the tournament's grand prize of a total $10,000,000 with $3,000,000 reserved for the winner, McIlroy has yet to ascend to the top of the leaderboard.
On Sunday, McIlroy will be crowned as the best player of the DP World Tour 2023 for the fifth time, marking his second consecutive win. However, his current standing in this highly anticipated event may serve as a setback to his aspirations.
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates, known for its luxury shopping, ultra-modern buildings and lively night scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830 m tower, stands out among the skyscrapers of the cityscape. At its foot is the Dubai Fountain, whose water sprays create choreographies with music and lights. On the artificial islands not far from the coast is Atlantis The Palm, a resort with water parks and marine animals.