Dubai Ladies Masters: World's best golfers descend on UAE
Some of the finest ladies professional golfers will be seen in action when the annual Omega Dubai Ladies Masters returns to the Majlis course of the Emirates Golf Club next week.
The €500,000 (Dh2.4mn) tournament, which is the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, will be played from Wednesday, December 4, with an exciting climax expected when the final round culminates on Saturday, December 7.
The Dubai Ladies Masters, held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is the only professional golf tournament for the ladies in the whole region.
It also occupies a special place in the Ladies European Tour calendar, being the season-ending tournament which plays a key role in determining the Order of Merit champion and the Rookie of the Year.
Among the superstars of the game who will be vying for the ‘Veiled Lady’ trophy and the accompanying cheque of €75,000 (Dh 374,780) are the world No3 American Stacy Lewis and defending champion and world No4 Shanshan Feng of China.
An inspirational story because of her battle with scoliosis, Lewis is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year, and captured the Vare Trophy for low scoring average in the 2013 season at 69.484.
It is the first time an American has won the award since Beth Daniel in 1994. Having won the LPGA Tour’s season-ending championship last week – the LPGA Titleholders Tournament – Feng will be hoping to do a Henrik Stenson and win the last event on the Ladies European Tour season, too.
She had won last year with a tournament record score of 21-under par 267. Also joining the two LPGA Tour stars will be Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum, who has risen to No48 in the world and is coming off a creditable third-place finish in the LPGA Titleholders Tournament, just two shots behind Feng.
Hull, England’s teenage Solheim Cup sensation, will also be looking to end the year on a high. She captured headlines worldwide when she helped Europe to defeat the United States for the first time on American soil in The Solheim Cup this August, including a singles win over Paula Creamer.
While the main tournament starts December 4, fans can get a first glimpse of the stars in action during the traditional challenge match. On Monday, December 2, six players – Lewis, Feng, Phatlum, legendary Briton Laura Davies, world No43 Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Morccan Maha Haddioui, the first lady professional to qualify for the LET – will form three two-member teams and battle it out on the Par 3 course.
This will be followed on Tuesday with the pro-am, which will feature most of the leading players, playing in the company of invited amateurs.
There are many reasons you should make your way to Emirates Golf Club, but apart from the fact that you will surely enjoy a family day out in brilliant weather, it also helps that the entry to the tournament is absolutely free.
What: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters
When: Wednesday, December 4 to Saturday, December 7
Where: Emirates Golf Club