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Dubai to host golf European Challenge Tour’s grand final

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Dubai is to host the season-ending championship of one of the three biggest golf tours in Europe, reported UAE-based Sport 360 on Wednesday.

The European Challenge Tour’s Grand Final will be hosted at the al-Badia Golf Club, based in the UAE, and will continue to be held in the city for the next three years.

The tournament will feature only the top-45 players from the Order of Merit, essentially the top-45 prize money winners.

The tournament is scheduled to be held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, with the top-15 players graduating to the main European Tour for the 2014 season.

Over the past 25 years, the Challenge Tour has helped to produce famous names such as current world No. 4 and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, world No. 6 Henrik Stenson, Ryder Cup maestro Ian Poulter and recent Major champions Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen.

Nick Tarratt, Director of the Dubai office of European Tour International, commented on the upcoming event to Sport 360: “To have the season finales of three main tours in the space of six weeks is quite a statement by Dubai. It just showcases the city and what it has to offer to the world to a global audience of millions.

“The Challenge Tour is delighted to be here and I am sure the players are going to love what is on offer for them at Dubai Festival City.

“These players are the future stars of the game. Perhaps not many people will know their names at the moment, but as players like Stenson, Thomas Bjorn and others have proved, you won’t be surprised if they are in the top echelons of the game in the next four-five years.”

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, said: “It is a fitting way for us to celebrate the conclusion of the 25th anniversary of the Challenge Tour.

“The winner will walk away with significant prize money, the highest prize on the Tour is €56,650 (about $75,000).”