The European Challenge Tour will stage its season-ending tournament will this year move to a spectacular new location, the Almouj Golf, The Wave in Oman’s capital city, Muscat. The event, which will be called the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final takes place from November 4-7.
NBO (National Bank of Oman) has hosted the penultimate event of the Challenge Tour season for the past two years at the breath-taking Greg Norman-designed course, but its significance will increase when the Grand Final moves to the Omani capital following the signature of a four-year contract.
The Grand Final is the final event of the tour’s global 25-tournament season, where the 45 highest-ranked players will battle it out for the top 15 spots in the Rankings and graduation to The European Tour.
Oman has already created history on Europe’s top developmental tour when in 2013 it became the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council to stage a Challenge Tour event, the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic, making it a fitting selection for the biggest tournament of the 2015 season.
Having last year been described as “one of the best courses we played all year” by three-time European Tour winner Johan Edfors, as well as receiving glowing praise from many others, the links-style Almouj is sure to become one of the most popular venues in the long history of the Challenge Tour’s prestigious season finale.
As part of the agreement, NBO will also host the Oman National Amateur Grand Final during the week of the Challenge Tour’s thrilling finale at the same venue, providing inspiration for the country’s up and coming stars while also adding to the atmosphere of Muscat’s festival of golf.
It will be the third successive time the Grand Final has taken place in the region - having been held in Dubai for the past two seasons - as NBO continues to build on its vision of growing the game in Oman.
Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, said: “For the past two years National Bank of Oman has created one of the most successful and popular tournaments on the Challenge Tour schedule, so it gives us great pleasure to work with them on what is the biggest tournament of our season, the Grand Final.
“The players have spoken very highly of Almouj, which is a true Championship course in one of the most beautiful locations we visit, with many of them saying it is the best course they have played on our tour.
Ahmed Al Musalmi, Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Oman, concluded: “In hosting the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic for the past two years we had the opportunity to show the world what Oman can offer in terms of staging a prestigious world-class sporting event.”