D is a massive fan of golf and I have recently started playing so when we heard about the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai we logged on to get tickets ASAP! In Ireland it’s very expensive to watch golf and generally a wash out with the weather so this was the perfect time to see Rory and his mates in the flesh!
The competition was running from Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th of November so we booked for the full weekend and drove down after work on Thursday.
The set up was amazing, it was held at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates Club just outside Dubai. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and the club house is like a five star hotel. From the moment we parked the car until we got to the first tee everything was organised perfectly. We were so impressed with how easy it was to get parked and get in and no queues for anything. We went to the watch Rory tee off on the 9th hole and were standing so close to him I could have reached out and tapped him on the shoulder! This wouldn’t happen in Ireland because the crowds are always too big so it was great to see the golfers so close.
We were there purely for the golf but there was an abundance of restaurants, bars, children’s activities and things to do. I think a lot of people came for the festival atmosphere and didn’t make it past the bars! Once the golf was over for the day there was a band and evening entertainment but we headed back to the hotel for an early night.
On Saturday and Sunday we got ourselves the perfect perch beside the 18th green and sat there for the full day watching all the golfers come through for their last hole. It was interesting to watch how they reacted at the end of the game and most of the players gave fans their golf balls / hat / glove.
As a fellow Northern Irish native I wanted Rory to win but that was not to be as he got off to a bad start! In the end 22 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick from England won and it was well deserved win with a score of a 17 under par.
We will definitely return to this competition next year and hopefully Rory will win!