Golf: Oman to host revamped Challenge Tour finale

15 April 2015 | Posted in Hosting, Sponsorship, Golf, Middle East, | By Michael Long

Golf: Oman to host revamped Challenge Tour finale

The European Tour has announced that the Grand Final of its Challenge Tour developmental series will be held in the Omani capital of Muscat for the next four years.

The tour has also announced that National Bank of Oman (NBO) will host the Challenge Tour’s season-ending event, which will now be officially known as the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, during that time.

NBO has hosted the penultimate event on the 25-tournament Challenge Tour, the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic, for the past two seasons. As part of its new hosting agreement, the bank will also stage the Oman National Amateur Grand Final during the week of the Challenge Tour climax, which this year takes place at Almouj Golf, The Wave from 4th to 7th November.

The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final features the 45 highest-ranked players on the Challenge Tour, with the best 15 performers granted European Tour cards.

“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,” said Alain de Soultrait, director of the European Challenge Tour.

In addition to announcing the new hosting agreement on Wednesday, tour officials also unveiled a new ranking system that broadly reflects the European Tour’s now-established Race to Dubai.

The newly-named Road to Oman, culminating in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, will take in 25 tournaments in 19 different countries, with a new bonus pool of €60,000 on offer to players who finish the season in the top three.

The winner of the rankings will be crowned Challenge Tour Number One and will receive an engraved Rolex watch and €30,000 of the bonus pool money.

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