Stenson eyes Desert Classic repeat

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson hopes he can win this week's Dubai Desert Classic by replicating the form that helped him to victory there in 2007.

Stenson won the tournament in thrilling fashion in 2007, holding off Ernie Else and finishing the final day on 19-under-par.

The world number two, who lived in Dubai for ten years, reminisced about the win and hoped he could do it again this week.

He said: "It was a great week for me. Holding off such a great player in front of family and friends made it even more special.

"Like they say, once a champion, always a champion, and it's nice to see your name in the trophy and on the wall in the clubhouse.

"Dubai will always mean a lot to me. It's nice that I was able to win this tournament. I will always feel at home here.

He added: "The course has always been in great shape and it's a tribute to all the hard work put in by the greenkeepers. The finishing holes at the Majlis [course] are quite interesting in the sense that they offer you a realistic chance of picking up three shots. The short, par four 17th is a good birdie hole and, on the 18th, you can be aggressive and aim for an eagle.

"It is one of my favourite weeks on tour and I always look forward to it."