Leading insurance company Zurich has become the latest sponsor of the DP World Tour Championship and is to give golf lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain a private golf session with reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood.
The global firm will join the growing list of sponsors of the European Tour’s season-ending grand finale and they are to mark the start of a three-year agreement by offering 10 competition winners the chance to get up close and personal with Zurich Golf Ambassador Fleetwood at next month’s tournament in Dubai.
Hosted by Zurich, the European No1 will conduct the private golf clinic at the European Tour Performance Institute on Wednesday, November 14, the day before the Race to Dubai’s top 60 players tee off for the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship.
“I’m looking forward to the climax of the season at the DP World Tour Championship and it will be great to pass on some tips to the competition winners attending the clinic,” said World No12 Fleetwood.
“Zurich have been wonderful sponsors – it’s like one big family – and I think it’s fantastic that they are giving this opportunity to amateur golfers. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun.”
Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour International Dubai Office, added: “We are excited to welcome Zurich on board as a sponsor for the DP World Tour Championship.
“With Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson all being Zurich Golf Ambassadors there is already a strong connection between Zurich and the European Tour.
“We look forward to enhancing their commitment to golf at the DP World Tour Championship and to creating a long-term year round partnership between our respective organisations.”
To win, golf lovers simply need to answer a simple question on the Zurich Middle East Facebook page.
The ‘Play with the best’ contest will run for four weeks and there are 10 spots up for grabs.
Each week, two winners will be picked at random, with four lucky winners being picked in the final week. The competition starts on Monday, 08 October.
The DP World Tour Championship takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 15-18.
Entry is free of charge.
Former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe proved that he is as classy and entertaining off the football pitch as he was on it when he joined the fun at the DSA Open at Emirates Golf Club to help support the Friends of Cancer Patients charity.
The event, part of the increasingly popular DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series, saw a full field of 120 golfers take to the famous Majlis course for a day of golfing action before ‘Sharpie’ regaled 190 dinner guests with hilarious tales from his days playing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side of the 1990s when he was treated to the legendary manager’s ‘hairdryer’ treatment on more than one occasion.
As well as being an unforgettable occasion for all who attended, the event, organised by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10, had a serious goal in raising awareness for Friends of Cancer Patients and supporting the treatment of four-year-old Mohamed Sameer Abdullah who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
“It is always nice to get involved in a good cause,” said Sharpe who was one of the most exciting talents of a United side that won two consecutive Premier League and FA Cup doubles in 1992/93 and 1993/94.
“Young Mohamed is struggling with cancer so we’re trying to get him well, and I don’t think there is any better way than to get a load of guys and girls together to have an enjoyable day followed by a lovely evening of good food and entertainment.”
Started in 2017, the Swing Against Cancer Golf Series has gone from strength to strength, with a veritable who’s who from the worlds of sports and entertainment show their support.
The list includes Harry Redknapp, Teddy Sheringham, Gary McAllister, Dietmar Hamann, Mike Tindall and Michael Campbell, as well as former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.
In addition to May’s DHL Open at the DP World Tour Championship venue Jumeirah Golf Estates and last week’s event, the 2018 DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series is already well on the way to topping previous totals.
As well as capturing the imagination of the UAE’s golf and sport lovers, the success of the series has been down in no small part to the support of its partners, key among which are series sponsor DHL and Platinum partner DSA Architects.
“It was an amazing turnout for this great charity event,” said DSA Architects managing director Steve Kelshaw.
“As a corporate entity, we have a responsibility to create something that we really believe in and to have this level of interest and support have been overwhelming.
“Dubai is our home, we have been here for 25 years and we feel that we should give back. Cancer plagues all societies and it has touched everybody throughout the years so for us it is the right charity for us, it is in our own backyard and we are playing a game that we love so it’s a no brainer.
“Having Lee here was great for us, when we asked him to come over he accepted in a heartbeat, he would not even question it, which is a testament to the guy so we are delighted that he came through.”
Sixteen10’s managing director Reza Sazegar added: “The support we have received from the local business community is truly humbling and each and every person who has lent their support is making a difference to the life of Mohamed who badly needs treatment.”
Worldwide Golf’s Rick Bevan said: “These events just keep getting bigger and better and our local partners are really hands on so we’re incredibly fortunate and grateful to have them.
“Lee Sharpe was an absolute legend and had us all in stiches laughing at his stories so it was a really great day and to raise the amount we did was wonderful.”
The DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series culminates in the grand final which runs alongside the Mike Clark Golf Day on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday, November 1, two weeks before the Race to Dubai’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
With only six weeks to go until the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour grand final, Al Hamra Golf Club are pulling out all the stops.
This is to ensure players and fans are treated to a top-class golfing experience in the northern emirate as the club hosts the European Challenge Tour’s season-ending tournament for the first time.
Having previously hosted the penultimate event on the calendar since 2016, Al Hamra Golf Club will go one better this year with the top 45 players on the European Challenge Tour descending to the club from October 31 to November 3 as they aim to seal a coveted European Tour card for next season by finishing in the top 15 of the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings in the Challenge Tour’s season finale.
The stunning par 72 championship golf course, which measures 7,325 yards at full length, meanders around four inter-connected open water lagoons merging seamlessly with the water of the Arabian Gulf and is designed by world renowned golf course architect Peter Harradine.
In preparation for the season-ending event, Harradine visited the course in June and it was agreed that the course had strayed from its original design since opening in 2007.
Following Harradine’s visit, Al Hamra staff have been working tirelessly on the South African’s recommendations to get the course in the best possible shape.
All 40 course bunkers have been renovated; fairway contours reinstated, tee complexes realigned and greens expanded to present players with a stern but fair challenge ahead of the first tee time on October 31.
“The team at Al Hamra Golf Club has worked relentlessly throughout the extreme climatic conditions of summer to drastically improve the overall conditions of this beautiful golf course,” said Troon Golf’s Alex McDowell, whose team maintains the course.
“We have invested a lot of time restoring all the bunkers to their original design by removing vast amounts of turf encroachment.
“In return, we now have larger, more intimidating bunkers that dramatically add to the aesthetics of each hole and are now a true reflection of Peter Harradine’s design.
“The team is exceptionally excited to ensure Al Hamra Golf Club is presented to the highest of standards and exceed the expectations of the European Tour by providing immaculate playing conditions for all the competitors in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour grand final.”
There will be plenty to do for all the family at the grand final with a bustling Championship Village which promises to offer a variety of activities open for all ages as well as plenty of food and beverage outlets to keep visitors fed and hydrated whilst taking a break from the action.
Course architect Harradine said: “The vision of HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has largely been rewarded as an uninteresting piece of land, previously soaked by sea water during high tide, has been transformed in to a golf course of a standard that is capable of holding an international PGA tournament.
“I am sure that the professional golfers will appreciate the character and condition of the course capably maintained by Alex McDowell and his team.”