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Gallacher storms to Dubai Desert Classic title

Posted on 04/02/2013

Stephen Gallacher ended eight years of frustration in spectacular style when he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with an array of dazzling shots today. The 38-year-old Scotsman lost his overnight three-shot advantage within two holes on a tough, windy day at the Emirates Golf Club, but he fought tooth and nail and a one-under par 71 was enough to give him his second European Tour title by three shots. Gallacher holed out his second shot with a wedge from 115 yards on the par-4 16th hole for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Desert Classic tees off today

Posted on 31/01/2013

Defending champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello will be attempting to create history when the Omega Dubai Desert Classic tees off today at the Emirates Golf Club. If Cabrera-Bello scores back-to-back victories, the Spaniard will be the first person to defend the title since the event teed off in 1989. Ernie Els has won it thrice and Tiger Woods twice in the past 23 years. There are several players waiting to deny Cabrera-Bello this piece of history. These include Lee Westwood, who is playing his ...  >>MORE

Rock meets golf: Alice Cooper takes on pros at Jebel Ali Resort

Posted on 28/01/2013

If you're a golf fan, a rock fan, or both, the Jebel Ali Golf Resort is just the place for you this Tuesday. The annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match this year features not only a host of the world's top golfers, but also shock-rock icon Alice Cooper, who joins some of the marquee players at the event on January 29. A self-confessed golf addict, Alice Cooper will be paired with fellow American Mark O'Meara in the Challenge Match which will also feature the likes of Lee Westwood, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek Golf Club celebrates landmark in style

Posted on 28/01/2013

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club – one of Dubai's most iconic establishments – turns 20 today and the city's social heartthrob is all set to celebrate the occasion in style by rolling out the festivities for the next 20 weeks. The club was the second green golf course in the region after Emirates Golf Club and was launched in 1993 as part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's grand vision for the emirates. The golf course was originally designed by Germany's Karl Litten, ...  >>MORE

UAE Champion Trainers’ Championship wide open

Posted on 22/01/2013

The UAE Champion Trainers' Championship looks wide open after Ernst Oertel saddled a treble in Abu Dhabi last night to take him to 22 winners, one more than reigning champion Ali Rashid Al Raihe. It was a case of three winners under three different jockeys with the yard's main jockey, current champion Tadhg O'Shea, suspended. Arguably the highlight of the treble was Manisha, who won the 2,200m handicap with Royston Ffrench in the saddle. The trainer was back in the winner's enclosure 30 ...  >>MORE

Woods hail McIlroy ahead of Abu Dhabi battle

Posted on 16/01/2013

Tiger Woods got yet another taste of the growing popularity of Rory McIlroy when 16 out of the 20 questions thrown at him during the pre-tournament press conference of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship involved the Northern Irishman. McIlroy, the reigning world No1, is clearly the flavour of the moment, especially having signed a world record contract with American sports brand giants Nike which was announced here on Monday. The 23-year-old has been in brilliant form of late, winning four ...  >>MORE

McIlroy unveiled as Nike's new icon in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2013

Rory McIlroy has confirmed the worst kept secret in golf: that he has signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with American sports brand giant Nike. The world No1 made the announcement during a glitzy unveiling in Abu Dhabi on Monday night as he gears up for his first outing of the 2013 season - this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. And ahead of that tournament, the Northern Irishman hopes the lucrative deal can help him create history just as Nike's other golfing superstar: Tiger ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Golf Club bags Best Course award

Posted on 20/12/2012

Host venue to the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club has been awarded Best Course in the Middle East at the coveted Asia Pacific Golf Summit. The club also finished second runner-up for Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, another Troon-managed venue, was named first runner-up for Best Pro Shop in Asia Pacific, capping off a memorable night for two of Abu Dhabi's flagship properties. Group General Manager at Abu ...  >>MORE

Westwood head Dubai Desert Classic line-up

Posted on 19/12/2012

Lee Westwood will look for improved fortunes when he headlines a star-studded field at the 2013 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The world No7 is a three-time runner-up at the event, which is promoted and organised by golf in DUBAi and gets under way at the Emirates Golf Club from January 31 to February 3. Westwood came so close last year, but caught his chip thin on the closing hole and missed the 20-foot putt that could have sealed his place in a play-off with eventual winner Rafael Cabrera ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya presents trophy to Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Champion Feng

Posted on 09/12/2012

Held the under patronage of HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters yesterday came to an end when Shanshan Feng lapped the field and made history by winning the tournament. Attending the prize ceremony was HRH Princess Haya, along with Her daughter, HH Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Both HRH Princess Haya and HH Sheikha ...  >>MORE

McIlroy wins DP World Tour Championship

Posted on 26/11/2012

Rory McIlroy saw off a record surge from Justin Rose to win the 2012 DP World Tour Championship by two strokes on Sunday with an overall score of 23-under-par 265 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. It set the seal on a perfect season for the Northern Irishman, who had already won the money lists on either side of the Atlantic, the World No 1 spot and his second Major, the US PGA Championship. Rose had struck a course record 62, with eight birdies and an eagle on the 14th, taking ...  >>MORE

Emirates puts Lyon on the map at DP World Tour Golf Championship

Posted on 22/11/2012

Emirates, the Official Airline of the DP World Tour Championship, has provided lucky golf fans the chance to play alongside some stars of the game as the tournament week got under way yesterday with the Pro-Am. 14 amateurs were part of five different Emirates teams, playing alongside recent European Cup Ryder winners Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia from Spain, Padraig Harrington from Ireland, Jamie Donaldson from Wales and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa. It was a day to remember ...  >>MORE

Dubai named Golf Destination of the Year for third time

Posted on 18/11/2012

Dubai has been recognised for its massive efforts to boost golf tourism when it once again collected one of the top honours at the International Association of Golf Tour Operators' (IAGTO) International Golf Travel Market in Portugal. Dubai was voted the Golf Destination of the Year – Africa, Indian Ocean & Gulf States, while Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in the south of France and the popular destination of Terre Blanche has been voted European Golf Resort of the Year. This is the ...  >>MORE

McIlroy and Woods confirmed for Abu Dhabi event

Posted on 18/10/2012

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the world's top two golf players, have confirmed their participation in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 17-20. The pair head a list of the biggest names in the game to compete for the US$2.7 million cash prize at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Their participation in the high-profile event was disclosed yesterday at a press conference by Faisal Al Sheikh, Event Manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ATCA), the championship organisers. ...  >>MORE

Emirati golfer Saif Thabet driven by professional ambition

Posted on 26/09/2012

What is it they say about London buses? You wait an age for one and then two come along at once? Well, instead of the English capital and its famous red double-deckers, think the UAE and professional golfers. Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the Emirati who last week became the country's first graduate from the amateur ranks, seems to be inspiring a nation. "When I read he was turning professional I was so excited," said Saif Thabet, an Emirati amateur looking to use the Mena Tour to take his game to the ...  >>MORE

Pro golf makes a comeback at Dubai Creek

Posted on 24/09/2012

Professional golf returns for the first time to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club since it was redesigned, and the club is gearing up to host a quality field for the opening event on the MENA Tour on Monday. The award-winning club will be staging the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Open, which carries a prize fund of US$50,000 (Dh183,500). Spearheaded by European Tour veteran Stephen Dodd, Jake Shepherd, the winner of the inaugural edition of the Tour last year, and UAE's just-turned pro ...  >>MORE

Ahmed Al Musharrekh becomes first UAE golf pro

Posted on 11/09/2012

Top-ranked Emirati golfer Ahmed Al Musharrekh has turned professional, and will make his debut in the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Open, the opening event of the 2012 MENA Golf Tour, starting on September 24. One the most promising players on the regional circuit, Al Musharrekh is the first UAE national ever to join the professional ranks, and his decision reflects the changing mindset of the region's emerging talent who are now thinking in terms of making a career out of golf. Al Musharrekh, ...  >>MORE

Emirates renews sponsorship of DP World Tour Championship

Posted on 03/09/2012

Emirates has strengthened its partnership with The European Tour by renewing its sponsorship of the golf season's grand finale - the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai - which will see the likes of Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald contest an US$8 million (Dhs 29m) prize fund. The carrier will be the Official Airline of The European Tour's showpiece event - to be staged on Jumeirah Golf Estates' Earth course from 22-25 November - for the next three years. "Taking into account the tremendous ...  >>MORE

Yas Links ranked No. 24 in the World’s Best Courses outside of America

Posted on 17/04/2012

Yas Links Abu Dhabi has been ranked #24 in the World's Best Courses Outside of America by Golf Digest USA, marking another remarkable achievement for a course a little over two years old. The Kyle Phillips-designed links course, the first and only course of its kind in the Middle East, is the ONLY course from the region to make the top 100, a fact not lost on Chris White, General Manager. "This achievement is nothing short of incredible," he said. "The latest statistics state that there ...  >>MORE

UAE break Bahrain's 16-year hold on the GCC Golf Championship

Posted on 08/03/2012

UAE turned in an inspired performance to win the GCC Golf Championship for the first time in the history of the regional event at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club on Wednesday. The UAE team closed with a team score of a gross 229 for a total of 676 to beat their nearest challengers Qatar by 17 shots. Bahrain, who had won every edition of the championship since its inception 16 years ago, had to settle for third place with a team score of 694. The UAE held sway in the championship right ...  >>MORE

UAE hold huge lead at the 16th GCC Golf Championship

Posted on 07/03/2012

With Ahmed Al Musharrekh and Khalid Yousuf recording two of the three best cards of the day, hosts UAE opened up a sizeable 17-shot lead at the end of Day 2 of the 16th GCC Golf Championship at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Ahmed followed up his opening round 70 with an even-par round of 71, while Khalid shot a one-over par 72 as the UAE tallied a second-round team score of 221 for a total of 447. Sohail Al Marzouqi contributed a 78 as the third-best score of the team. Bahrain, who ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods keeps chipping away on the road to recovery

Posted on 29/01/2012

Eighteen holes from redemption. Or another step towards it, at least. For a man whose life is so intrinsically linked to numbers, those next 18 holes could be fraught with significance for Tiger Woods. It is 26 months since the last win of substance for the world No 25. This tournament in the UAE capital being the biggest test he could have had, with all of the world's top four players, and six of the top 10, present at the National Course for the Abu Dhabi Championship. The fact he does ...  >>MORE

Woods to launch new campaign in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/01/2012

Tiger Woods chasing Jack Nicklaus, World No. 1 Luke Donald seeking his first Major title and Rory McIlroy eyeing an encore to his first Major triumph are golf's top storylines as the 2012 season begins. Woods, a 14-time Major champion, snapped a two-year win drought last month, sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole to defeat 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson by a stroke at the World Challenge, an 18-man charity event. The first victory by Woods since the 2009 Australian Masters, and ...  >>MORE

Donald lands historic double in Dubai

Posted on 12/12/2011

England's Luke Donald created history in style when he made three birdies in his last three holes at the Dubai World Championship to win the European Tour's Race to Dubai. There were only two ways the world No. 1 could have won the honour - and thus become the only player in the history to win the Money Lists of both US PGA and European Tour. He either needed to finish inside the top-nine, or hope that world No.2 Rory McIlroy did not win the $7.5 million season-ending championship. Donald ...  >>MORE

Yas Links course is teeing up for a successful drive

Posted on 24/08/2011

Golf fans love statistics, and it is difficult to know which of the following is more remarkable. That Abu Dhabi's Yas Links, just past its first birthday, has been voted into the world's top 100 courses by Golf World magazine, or that it takes one and a half million gallons of water a day during the summer months to maintain it. "Water is the main issue here, the crux of the matter if you like," said Mike Clarke, the head greenkeeper at Yas Links and a man who has been building golf courses ...  >>MORE

Maktoum presents Desert Classic trophy to Quiros

Posted on 14/02/2011

Spain's Alviro Quiros rode a roller-coaster of a round to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. The 28-year-old bomber from Cadiz clinched the biggest win of his career after an eagle-two at the second, a triple-bogey seven at the eighth, and, above all else, a hole-in-one at the 11th. He came in with a four-under 68 and an 11-under total of 277 which gave him a one-stroke win over Dane Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston of South Africa (67). The win followed his second place finish ...  >>MORE

Tiger tied for fourth on Day 3

Posted on 13/02/2011

Tiger Woods goes into the last day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, tied for fourth one stroke off the lead with it, everything to play for after maintaining his seven under par score 71-66-77 into day three — while those above him failed to capitalise on their lead. Having started his round with two bogeys only to birdie the third, Woods then bogeyed the eighth and double bogeyed the ninth to leave the front nine four over par. He then eagled the 10th and birdied the 11th before birdying ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods off to a winning start in Dubai

Posted on 09/02/2011

Tiger Woods made a winning start to his campaign in Dubai when arguably the greatest golfer of all time, pairing with Mark O'Meara, won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match at the Emirates Golf Club on Tuesday evening. The pair birdied the last hole to post a sizzling four-under-par 23 to take the honours, two shots ahead of the pairing of Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez. The team of golf in Dubai ambassadors - Jeev Milkha Singh and Seung Yul Noh - finished third a further ...  >>MORE

Hazza bin Zayed crowns Martin Kaymer as the winner of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Posted on 24/01/2011

National Security Adviser H.H Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan crowned Germany's Martin Kaymer who emphatically defended his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The 26-year old German finished eight shots clear of second placed Rory McIlroy and climbed to second on the Official World Golf Ranking. The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, other officials and a large gathering of golf fans. Kaymer began the final ...  >>MORE

Emirates Palace's third round Golf tournament kicks off

Posted on 18/10/2010

The Emirates Palace's third round Golf tournament started yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club with a number of professional players from the UAE and around the world. Hans Olbertz, General Manager of Emirates Palace, said the tournament was a large success, during a speech at the ceremony held by the Palace last night to honour the winners of the third session of the tournament, which involved more than 132 players. Adding that the palace has signed a two year contract with the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Emirates Palace to stage silent auction during Saadiyat Beach Classic

Posted on 26/01/2010

The Emirates Palace, managed by Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, will make its presence felt at the Saadiyat Beach Classic charity tournament as a platinum sponsor and a host of the silent auction taking place for the first time on the new Saadiyat Golf Club from 27-28th of January. Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the Abu Dhabi-based master developer of Saadiyat Island and its stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, will stage the Saadiyat Beach Classic, a top-tier international ...  >>MORE

Downturn costs Dubai tournament its top rank

Posted on 05/08/2009

It was supposed to be the world's richest golf tournament. But no longer. The prize money for this year's Dubai World Championship has been cut by a quarter as sponsors feel the pinch of the global financial downturn. A multimillion-dollar deal arranged two years ago between the European Tour and the Dubai-based developer Leisurecorp created what would have been the world's biggest prize pot for the sport; 2009 is the inaugural season. The European Tour's season-long Order of Merit points ...  >>MORE

UAE's first beachfront golf course fully grassed

Posted on 30/07/2009

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the 72-par signature golf course, designed by golfing legend Gary Player, is now fully grassed and will be ready to welcome the public by the end of 2009. The Arab world's first seaside golf course lies in the heart of the Saadiyat Beach District. "The completion of the golf course's grassing is a major milestone for us. The course is on track to open by the end of the year and will offer one of the most unique golfing experiences in this part of the world,” ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Golf Club receives Business Traveller Middle East Award

Posted on 18/05/2009

The Abu Dhabi Golf Club, one of the Middle East's most distinguished golf courses, has won the ‘Best Golf Course in the Middle East' at the Business Traveller Middle East 2009 awards ceremony. The event, attended by over 400 international and regional guests across the business travel industry, was recently held in Dubai coinciding with the region's travel and tourism exhibition, Arabian Travel Market. The golf course and clubhouse, owned by Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) ...  >>MORE

Gary Player visits Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for final inspection

Posted on 26/04/2009

Fresh from his final appearance at the US Masters at the Augusta National, sporting legend Gary Player flew into Abu Dhabi to inspect progress on his signature Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the Arabian Gulf's first 'ocean' course. Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer, plans to open the course later this year. Player's latest visit marks a significant milestone in approving the shaping-up and grassing of holes, as well as tree planting, at Saadiyat Beach Golf ...  >>MORE

Casey takes Abu Dhabi crown

Posted on 19/01/2009

Paul Casey almost choked but managed to retain his composure on Sunday as he nervously negotiated the final four holes to end an agonising two-year wait for a win. The Englishman, returning to the scene where he last tasted victory two years ago, was a relieved man as he lifted the Falcon Trophy with a 21 under par total of 267. Defending champion Martin Kaymer shot a five under 67 and South African Louis Oosthuizen, an eight under 64, to finish tied for second place with an aggregate 20 ...  >>MORE

ADAC sponsors Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Posted on 15/01/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday said it is sponsoring the 4th. edition of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, scheduled to kick off tomorrow in the UAE capital. ADAC made all preparations at Abu Dhabi Airport to receive participants at the championship which will run to January 18th, said ADAC's deputy CEO for Corporate Affairs Shaikha Al Maskari, ADCA's sponsorship of the championship, she added, comes as part of its commitment to support sports, economic, cultural and social events ...  >>MORE

Emirates Palace sponsors Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Jan 15

Posted on 12/01/2009

The Emirates Palace announced yesterday its sponsorship of the annual Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which will feature 120 golfers from 29 countries in one of the strongest fields assembled for the tournament. The high profile tournament will be staged at Abu Dhabi Golf Club from January 15 to 18. Organisers Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) expects the four-day event would attract more than 25,000 spectators who will have the opportunity to watch a galaxy of the sports brightest stars in the ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods golf resort races to the next phase

Posted on 04/12/2008

The Tiger Woods Dubai, an exclusive 55 million square foot golf community development and a member of Tatweer Dubai, yesterday said it has awarded a contract worth Dh582 million to the UAE-based Al Nasr Contracting Company for infrastructure works at the project. The contract includes the construction of road works, street lighting and networks for storm water drainage, sewage and fire fighting facilities. Al Nasr Contracting is also mandated to set up a reverse osmosis reject water line, in ...  >>MORE

Work begins on Tiger Woods Dubai Clubhouse

Posted on 16/04/2008

Constructions work on the first commercial building at exclusive golf community Tiger Woods Dubai, has begun, Emirates Business has learnt. The 139,000-square-foot clubhouse, which will include a private members' lounge, a signature restaurant, private banqueting facility and built-in suites is being constructed by Dutco Balfour Beatty. The firm has the contract for all commercial buildings at the development around the golf legend's first course. Work on the Clubhouse is expected to be ...  >>MORE

World's first 'The Els Club' Launched at Dubai Sports City

Posted on 29/01/2008

Golf legend Ernie Els - the world's current number five ranked golfer and former British and US Open champion - today officially inaugurated the world's first The Els Club at Dubai Sports City alongside a host of VIP attendees and leading figures from the world of sport. While Els has designed courses in North America, Asia, and Africa, only a select number of developments worldwide will bear The Els Club name, the hallmark of facilities which will benefit substantially from direct and ...  >>MORE

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Gallacher storms to Dubai Desert Classic title


Dubai Desert Classic tees off today


Rock meets golf: Alice Cooper takes on pros at Jebel Ali Resort


Dubai Creek Golf Club celebrates landmark in style


UAE Champion Trainers’ Championship wide open


Woods hail McIlroy ahead of Abu Dhabi battle


McIlroy unveiled as Nike's new icon in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Golf Club bags Best Course award


Westwood head Dubai Desert Classic line-up


Princess Haya presents trophy to Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Champion Feng


McIlroy wins DP World Tour Championship


Emirates puts Lyon on the map at DP World Tour Golf Championship


Dubai named Golf Destination of the Year for third time


McIlroy and Woods confirmed for Abu Dhabi event


Emirati golfer Saif Thabet driven by professional ambition


Pro golf makes a comeback at Dubai Creek


Ahmed Al Musharrekh becomes first UAE golf pro


Emirates renews sponsorship of DP World Tour Championship


Yas Links ranked No. 24 in the World’s Best Courses outside of America


UAE break Bahrain's 16-year hold on the GCC Golf Championship


UAE hold huge lead at the 16th GCC Golf Championship


Tiger Woods keeps chipping away on the road to recovery


Woods to launch new campaign in Abu Dhabi


Donald lands historic double in Dubai


Yas Links course is teeing up for a successful drive


Maktoum presents Desert Classic trophy to Quiros


Tiger tied for fourth on Day 3


Tiger Woods off to a winning start in Dubai


Hazza bin Zayed crowns Martin Kaymer as the winner of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship


Emirates Palace's third round Golf tournament kicks off


Emirates Palace to stage silent auction during Saadiyat Beach Classic


Downturn costs Dubai tournament its top rank


UAE's first beachfront golf course fully grassed


Abu Dhabi Golf Club receives Business Traveller Middle East Award


Gary Player visits Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for final inspection


Casey takes Abu Dhabi crown


ADAC sponsors Abu Dhabi Golf Championship


Emirates Palace sponsors Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Jan 15


Tiger Woods golf resort races to the next phase


Work begins on Tiger Woods Dubai Clubhouse


World's first 'The Els Club' Launched at Dubai Sports City