The ‘Desert Swing’ is firmly in the golfing spotlight this month with Abu Dhabi raising its prize fund, Saudi Arabia making its European Tour bow and Dubai set to host its 30th Classic tournament
The European Tour’s annual early season ‘Desert Swing’ has a new look this year with the inclusion of the inaugural Saudi International in King Abdullah Economic City ( January 31-February 3), following the 14th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship ( January 16-19) and 30th Omega Dubai Desert Classic ( January 24-27).
The Saudi Arabia Golf Federation has confirmed that the new European Tour event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club (KAEC) will feature Dustin Johnson, the world’s top ranked golfer, and Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion. The 18hole course, designed by European Golf Design, features a clubhouse offering Red Sea views, executive business center, academy, spa and fine dining venues. “We have ambitious plans to accelerate golf development in the Kingdom, with a special focus on juniors and families, and this event will play a key role in our plans,” said Chairman H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA recently became part of the Rolex Series, and with its prize fund increasing by US$4 million to US$7 million, is one of the premium tournaments on The European Tour.
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