Spain’s Nuria Iturrios claimed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour with victory in the inaugural Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.
Just five days after winning the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco for the second time, Iturrios carded a closing 71 at Emirates Golf Club to finish on 10 under par, a shot ahead of the German pair of Esther Henseleit and Olivia Cowan.
“It’s amazing to win again and I’m so excited,” said Iturrios, who became the first player to capture consecutive titles since Aditi Ashok at the Indian and Qatar Opens in 2016.
“It was so cool. I loved playing in the first day-night tournament and I hope to come back next year.”
Iturrios began the final round tied for the lead but after moving three clear following birdies on the second and third, a bogey on the sixth and double bogey on the seventh dropped her into a tie with Ireland’s Leona Maguire.
However, the 23-year-old regained the lead with a birdie on the ninth and also birdied the 10th and 14th before holding her nerve on the closing stretch to complete a hard-fought win.
Maguire, who held a two-shot lead after an opening course-record 64, remained in contention following a birdie on the 11th but dropped a shot on the next and also bogeyed the 18th to finish in a tie for fifth.
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Masters champion Tiger Woods will compete in Japan for the first time in more than a decade after committing to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship.
The ZOZO Championship is the first official PGA Tour event to be staged in Japan and will take place from October 24-27 at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club outside Tokyo.
Woods wrote on Twitter: “I’m excited to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October and return to Japan, one of my favourite countries. It’s going to be a fun fall (autumn).”
The 43-year-old made his last appearance in Japan in 2006 when he lost a play-off to Padraig Harrington in the Dunlop Phoenix, having won the title the previous two years.
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Cheyenne Woods is ready to step up to the challenge as she returns to the UAE for Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club from May 1-3.
Following in the footsteps of her uncle Tiger, who recently won the Masters to claim his fifth green jacket, Cheyenne is a golfing sensation in her own right.
Continuing the Woods family legacy, the 28-year-old is set to compete against 56 leading Ladies European Tour players in the world’s first professional day-night golf tournament in just over a weeks time.
The American will have a different challenge this year, though, with the new tournament format set to take place under the LED floodlights on the Sir Nick Faldo designed course.
The Phoenix native made her first appearance on the LET in 2013 and secured her first career victory at the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia.
With four top 10 finishes, including her last appearance in Dubai at the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters where she finished in a tie for 10th, Woods will have her sights set firmly on the famous ‘Dallah Trophy’ at the Moonlight Classic.
David Spencer, Tournament Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cheyenne back to Dubai for the new Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. She is an extremely talented golfer and is always a crowd favourite.
“To have Cheyenne playing alongside the strong field of confirmed amateurs and professionals will make this years tournament extra special and we wish her the best of luck.”
The tournament is free entry for all three rounds. Fans are encouraged to come and watch the world’s best female golfers and experience this inaugural event on the Faldo course.
For more information, please visit the tournament website www.omegadubaimoonlightclassic.com