May 4th, 2018
Troon International impresses on the world stage
And enjoys a prolific start to the 2018 season
Troon International is enjoying a stellar start to 2018, having already welcomed and announced several notable events at venues under its management around the globe.
Now a permanent fixture in the global golfing calendar at beginning of each year, the Middle East Swing was a key focus throughout January and February. The Home of Champions campaign kicked off the season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Presented By EGA. Tommy Fleetwood picked up the title for the second time in as many years, in front of the event’s largest ever crowd.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is a European Tour golf tournament which began back in 2006. The competition unites some of the biggest champions in the world for 4 days of high intensity competition.
An exciting announcement this year came from the Troon managed Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, Saudi Arabia, whereby the European Tour will bring professional golf to the country for the first time. The venue, which held its Grand Opening over the weekend of April 28-29, will host the first of three annual European Tour events from January 31 to February 3 2019.
Looking ahead in 2018, the Els Club Desaru Coast is preparing to welcome the final of the World Amateur Golfer Championship, one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the world, in October. The event will be held across both courses at its Desaru Coast destination, The Ocean and Valley Courses, and, with over 40 countries participating, is set to be a great competition.
One final partnership for 2018 has been the three-year agreement between the European Tour and Ras Al Khaimah, one of seven emirates which make up the UAE. The partnership will see the Challenge Tour, the European Tour’s feeder circuit, conclude at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final, starting with the final event of the 2018 season. This year’s tournament will take place from October 31 to November 3 at Al Hamra Golf Club and will feature the top 45 players on the Challenge Tour.
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