Muscat: Oman will once again reap the rewards of hosting a major international sporting event when the stars of the European Tour touch down for the 2020 Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, from February 27 – March 1st.
A world-class line-up is expected again this year, with 2019 Oman Open runner-up Maximilian Kieffer from Germany revealing that he’s relishing the challenge of going one better when he revisits Oman next month.
Also confirmed is British Amateur champion James Sugrue, whose appearance will mark his European Tour debut; 2014 Hong Kong Open winner Scott Hend; and rising star Adri Arnaus, who enjoyed a stellar rookie season on Tour last year having won the Challenge Tour Grand Final in 2018 to gain promotion.
The tournament, which first started life as a Challenge Tour event back in 2013, has also helped drive a change at the very top of the Sultanate’s golf ecosystem with His Excellency Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf Al Sa’adi, the Minister of Sports Affairs, announcing last month that the Oman Golf Committee, set up in January 2009, will soon be made into an official association. The transformation will see golf join the likes of football, tennis, swimming and hockey in becoming an association in the country as the Sultanate targets mass participation in the game off the back of the Oman Open.
Mundhir Al Barwani, Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, said: “It has been a long time coming and we are extremely honoured that His Excellency Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf Al Sa’adi has given us this opportunity to become an association. This will allow us to develop and grow the game of golf in Oman and achieve greater things in the future.”
His Excellency Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf Al Sa’adi said: “The achievements of the national teams at the Arab and Gulf level, and the continuous successes in hosting the Sultanate’s European Tour events, as well as regional golf tournaments, give a real indication as to the development of this Olympic sport and show that we are looking at a bright future.”
Last year’s event saw Oman’s most scenic and vibrant tourism and commerce hot-spots showcased around the Al Mouj course via stunning giant backdrops on the tee boxes and the resulting significant television and social media coverage this innovative feature generated means that it will again return for this year’s tournament.