JP Fitzgerald was back in familiar surroundings stood with a golf trophy, but this time he had his own name on it.

The ex-professional caddy won the 36-hole Dubai Creek Seniors Open at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, soon to be host on the DP World Tour for the Dubai Invitational.

Fitzgerald, who had previously been on the bag with Rory McIlroy for his first professional win, his four major championships and his FedEx Cup victory in 2016, is estimated to have earned around €7 million career earnings.

Other names he worked for include Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Matthew Wolff and most recently Victor Perez.

Adding to the high profile names playing in the Dubai Creek Seniors Open, was former Premier League and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, who claimed nearest the pin on the 4th hole on day one of the 36-hole tournament.

In the net category of the event, Shankar Balasubramian took third place with a score of -3 (71, 68). Sergio De Souza claimed the runner-up spot with an impressive -5 (71, 66). While Alexey Leshchenko emerged as the net winner with his score of -7 (68, 67).

The gross category also showcased decent scoring. Michael Nielson secured third with a score of +5 (76, 71). Mark Williams took second with a +2 (69, 75). While no stranger to the limelight, John-Paul (JP) Fitzerald emerging triumphant as the 2023 champion, boasting a score of -3 (71, 68). 

After the prize giving, Trisha Kumar, Assistant Golf Services Manager said, “Congratulations to all of our winners today and to John-Paul Fitzgerald for prevailing today! We look forward to seeing you all back soon!”

Image: Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club