Watson to play Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Eight-time major champion Tom Watson has committed to play in the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 60-year-old American will aim to better the record of Mark O'Meara, who became the oldest player to win the title in 2004 at 47.

Watson says he is “looking forward to playing in a city that seems to be making good progress as a golfing destination.”

The event will be held at the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club from Feb. 4-7.

Organizer Mohamed Juma Buamaim said Sunday he is “delighted to have a player of the stature and caliber of Tom Watson in the field.”

Watson almost became the oldest British Open winner last year at 59, losing at Turnberry in a playoff to Stewart Cink.

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