James hunting second success in Dubai

James Kingston will compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week, which returns to Emirates Golf Club, where he shot consecutive 67s to finish tied second at last year’s tournament.

He will look to repeat that success in the $2,5-million tournament, but faces stiff competition from defending champion Alvaro Quiros, who is aiming for a record-breaking hattrick of Dubai wins.

Kingston took five top-15 finishes on the European Tour last year, but the biggest cheque of that season was his Desert Classic result, which stood head-and-shoulders above his next best finish – tied sixth at the KLM Open.

The 46-year-old is no stranger to victory and has taken victory nine times on the Sunshine Tour and also took the European Tour’s 2009 Mercedes-Benz Trophy.

2009 was also the year Rory McIlroy won the Dubai Classic, marking not only his first European Tour win, but also the start of his rise to the top of world golf. The young Ulsterman will pose a real threat as he looks for a second victory in Dubai.

Also threatening Kingston’s chances is defending champion Alvaro Quiros, who took a further desert victory at the Dubai World Championship at the close of 2011. The Spaniard clearly has a knack for Dubai courses.

At last year’s tournament Kingston shot consecutive 72s to make the cut, but dropped a gear over the second 36 and carded consecutive 67s. The rounds go to show that the tournament lies in Kingston’s hands and he can either plod along or go seriously low.

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