A superb 293-yard drive from right-handed golfer Stuart Pain was the highlight as Jumeirah Golf Estates marked one month to go until the DP World Tour Championship with a ceremonial tee shot on the Earth course on Monday.
A total of US$8 million is up for grabs for the winner at the season-ending showpiece to crown the European Tour’s No 1 player following n gruelling year spanning 47 tournaments in 27 countries.
To mark the official run in to the event, future stars from the Emirates Golf Federation’s National Junior Development Programme and other key stakeholders of the tournament were invited to hit tee shots at the famous opening hole.
This will be the tenth year that Jumeirah Golf Estates will host the event and CEO Yousuf Kazim insists the venue is always striving to improve the tournament experience for visitors.
“The DP World Tour Championship is the highlight of our annual calendar. Not only does it bring the biggest names in golf to our spectacular course, but it allows us to create an annual experience that brings the wider community in the UAE together,” said Kazim.
“Each year we try to be more innovative in our approach, adding new attractions to the Village, the kids zone and the outlets that ensure the tournament becomes an unforgettable day out for everyone who visits.”
Nick Tarratt, the European Tour’s Dubai-based director said excitement is building as they count down to one of Dubai’s most popular sporting events of the year.
“We are extremely proud to be celebrating ten editions of the DP World Tour Championship,” said Tarratt.
“Through our partnership, we have been able to deliver a first-class tournament that has helped put Dubai firmly at the centre of the international sporting world as well as to grow golf locally by attracting new fans and new players to the game.”
There are five events remaining on the 2018 European Tour calendar before the DP World Tour Championship, including the Valderrama Masters, HSBC Champions, Turkish Airlines Open and Nedbank Challenge.
Englishman Eddie Pepperell won the British Masters on Sunday, which earned him 438,880 points and saw him move from 11th to seventh in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari leads the way with 4,635,909 points, followed by England’s Tommy Fleetwood in second place on 3,291,967 points.
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