Dubai is set to host the first professional day-night golf tournament next month, when the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic tees off on the floodlit Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club from May 1-3.
The tournament, which has a prize fund of $285,000, involves a field of 56, including 35 of the leading players on the LET Order of Merit and 21 tournament invitees, who will each be joined by three amateurs over the first two days, before the final day is played in daylight hours with pros only.
Tournament Director David Spencer commented: “We think playing under lights is going to be absolutely awesome. Playing the tournament in May, and under lights, further showcases what an incredible golfing destination Dubai has become and how long our golfing season lasts each year.”
Among the stars on show will be current LET money leader Marianne Skarpnord, Caroline Hedwall, Beth Allen, Becky Brewerton, Florentyna Parker and Emily Kristine Pedersen. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, will also be in the line up, as is Leona Maguire and her twin, Lisa.
The Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic replaces the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, which used to be the closing event on the Ladies European Tour schedule in December.