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DB World Tour and the Emirates Golf Association today announced a long-term partnership aimed at developing golf in the United Arab Emirates for at least the next decade until 2031.
The two organizations will work together across all categories of sport in the country, from rookie initiatives to professional competitions, to build on the tour’s long-standing relationship with the region dating back to 1989.
The 2022 season will conclude from November 17 to 20 in Dubai with the Rolex Series’ last event of the year, the DB World Tour, becoming the first tour event outside of the Masters and World Championships to offer $ 10 million in prize money.
The announcement includes a commitment to invest in holding two Challenge Tour events annually in the country.From 2023, 30 tickets for these tournaments will be awarded to the Emirates Golf Association to help create gaming opportunities and a provide path for Emirati golfers.
The partnership also includes expanding the tour’s support for the development of junior golf in the UAE, and working with the Emirates Golf Association to help improve its core programs and player performance. Five championships will be held in the UAE as part of the DB World Tour this year 2022, including three out of five in the Rolex series.
The European Tour Group, which includes the DB World Tour, Challenge Tour and Legends Tour, made its presence in the UAE in 1989 at the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club, and since then the European tour group has maintained a strong and lasting relationship with the UAE DP World, the leading provider of smart global inventory and logistics solutions based in Dubai, has been confirmed as the main sponsor of the group’s flagship tour. In addition to the standard overall prize fund for 2022, and a minimum prize portfolio of $ 2 million per DB World Tour event.
Tom Phillips, Head of the Middle East, European Tour Group, said: “Our special partnership with the Emirates Golf Association demonstrates not only DP World’s longstanding commitment to the development of golf in the UAE, but also the power of the relationships we enjoy in the UAE. country.”
He added: “We are delighted to confirm this partnership after a very successful four weeks of tournaments in the UAE earlier this year, while living up to the commitments we made when we launched the DB World Cup last November.”
Major General M Abdullah Al Hashimi, Vice President of the Emirates Golf Federation, said: “We have been working on the tour for over 30 years, and with DP World now participating in the tour, it has become important for us to work together. work for the future of golf in this region. ”
He added: “This partnership will take us to the next level as the presence of two Challenge Tour events is important in this agreement so that we can exchange places with other associations and move our players abroad.” It is part of our vision to develop the game of golf here and to develop our players to compete on a professional level. ”
He concluded: “We hope we will one day have a winner in the DB World Cup, but we must progress gradually, and it is important to take our players step by step through the Challenge Tournament. “Holding tournaments in this region will give players from the Arab world the opportunity to play at a higher level and compete against other players from different countries.”
Inspiration for generations
Ahmed Skaik, the number one player in the UAE and an alumni of the Emirates Golf Association’s National Junior Golf Development Program, said: “This is a very important partnership, it’s great that the Tour and the Emirates Golf Association are working together to give us more opportunities and inspire younger generations. “It is very good for the region and I am very excited about the future. For me I will try to take every opportunity and play as many events as possible to improve and be better.
Ryder Cup player and four-time DB World Cup champion Rafa Cabrera Bello confirmed: “I have been living in Dubai for over six years now and working with the Emirates Golf Association on a number of different things to help the game grow in the My region. door is always open for help. He concluded: “The Emirates Golf Association is trying to support this progress as much as possible, and this partnership with DB World Tour can only be a good thing and will help develop the game of golf in the region.”
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