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Top US Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen Receives Special Invite To 2024 HERO Dubai Desert Classic


Michael Thorbjornsen, the leading PGA Tour University player, has been invited to compete in the 2024 HERO Dubai Desert Classic, which will be hosted at Emirates Golf Club from January 18-21, 2024.

The organisers have allocated this position for the third year, with prior invites being accepted by Sam Bennett (US) in 2022 and Ludvig Åberg (Sweden) in 2023. Åberg has gone on to achieve great things, including being a member of the European team that won the recent Ryder Cup in Italy.

Thorbjorsen, 22, of Cleveland, Ohio, competed in the 2023 HERO Dubai Desert Classic, finishing tied 20th with rounds of 70, 64, 73, and 72 for a four-round total of 9 under par, 279, alongside Ryan Fox (NZ) and Rasmus Hojgaard (Den), and nine shots behind the champion, Rory McIlroy (NI).

Thorbjornsen has also made four cuts on the PGA Tour, the best being his fourth-place performance at the 2022 Travelers Championship.

He is now ranked fourth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) Men’s Division, which is sanctioned by the R&A.

“Helping develop the next stars of tomorrow – both locally and internationally,” said Simon Corkill, Executive Tournament Director of the HERO Dubai Desert Classic. Our collaboration with the PGA Tour gives a platform for golf’s young rising stars to not only compete against the world’s greatest professionals, but also earn valuable competitive experience that will help them advance their game.

“We look forward to welcoming Michael Thorbjornsen to the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in January following an impressive year on the PGA Tour University calendar,” said Corkill.