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Tom Watson accepts invite to Dubai Desert Classic

Golfing legend set to play in tournament, says he has heard good things about Dubai.

Golfing legend Tom Watson has accepted an invitation to compete in the Dubai Desert Classic which gets underway on February 4, according to Sky Sports.

The eight-time major champion will make a rare appearance on the European Tour in an event that always attracts a high-quality field, the TV channel's website reported.

The 60-year-old will look to reproduce the kind of form that saw him narrowly miss out on winning last year's Open Championship at Turnberry, it added.

"I am anxious to visit Dubai since I have heard so many good things about it," he was quoted as saying.

"Additionally, I am looking forward to playing in a city that seems to be making good progress as a golfing destination, possibly due in part to the success of the Dubai Desert Classic.

"I am very appreciative for the invitation to compete in this tournament.

"The tournament has attracted some of the best golfers in the world and the winner's list is quite impressive. I would be very proud and pleased to be able to add my name to that list."

The tournament will take place at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai between February 4-7 with Rory McIlroy the defending champion.

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