Els Commits to Dubai Desert Classic

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Ernie Els will compete in the 2002 Dubai Desert Classic, organizers said Saturday. The event is scheduled March 7-10 in the United Arab Emirates.
 
Els matched the European Tour record of 12 birdies when he set the course record of 61 at the Majis course in 1994; he went on to win the event, his first on tour.
 
The South African will join Northern Irelands Darren Clarke, Scotlands Colin Montgomerie and defending champion Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
 
Bjorn captured the title in 2001 by beating Tiger Woods head-to-head. Woods has not yet confirmed his entry for the 2002 event.
 
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