With the sphere now confirmed and the second version of the Oman Open solely two weeks away, this yr’s match will boast a star-studded line-up filled with Ryder Cup stars, a number of European Tour winners and a Main champion.
The Sultanate’s largest ever skilled sports activities occasion returns to Al Mouj Golf in Muscat from February 28 to March 3.
Six-time European Tour winner and defending Oman Open champion Joost Luiten headlines the occasion with the Dutchman concentrating on one other stable efficiency within the capital after popping out on prime of an enthralling final-round battle with shut good friend Chris Wooden to seal the inaugural match final yr.
“I used to be stunned by how good Al Mouj Golf was,” stated Luiten. “It was my first time taking part in in Oman and I didn’t know what to anticipate however I simply fell in love with the course.
“It’s a tricky monitor and there’s a stiff wind to contest with so you must carry your ‘A’ sport to be in rivalry come Sunday. It fits my sport and I can’t wait to return as champion and sit up for defending my title.”
Luiten might be joined by two-time Ryder Cup star and 1999 Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie, who’s wanting ahead to creating his season debut on the 2019 Oman Open and returning to motion on the European Tour after sitting out most of final yr with a foot harm which finally required surgical procedure.
“I may not be 100 per cent match sharp for my first week again after such an extended spell on the sidelines, however I’ve received to begin taking part in someplace and what higher place than Oman, the place the course and local weather are glorious,” stated the Scot, who underwent a process to restore a ruptured tendon and torn ligaments final September.
“My foot was inflicting me some issues on the match final yr, so I hope I could make amends and actually take pleasure in myself this time round.”
European Tour stalwarts Robert Karlsson, Thongchai Jaidee, David Howell and 2018 successful Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn, who’ve 39 wins between them on Tour, might be going head-to-head with the following technology of superstars, which embrace 2018 Rookie of the Yr Shubhankar Sharma, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, French duo Alex Levy and Roman Wattell, English pair Tom Lewis and Jordan Smith and South African Brandon Stone, all of whom have a minimum of one win beneath their belt on Tour.
“The sphere that performed final yr inform me it’s a tremendous golf course and the perfect that was on the schedule,” stated five-time European Tour winner Howell.
“I’m wanting ahead to competing and seeing a distinct aspect of the Center East moderately than in the course of a vibrant metropolis like Dubai.”
Becoming a member of the elite discipline might be Dubai resident Max Burrow, who sealed his place with a 10&eight conquer Mikkel Mathiesen within the remaining of the 2019 OHI Oman Newbie Open at Ghala Golf Membership.
This would be the first time the Englishman has featured in a European Tour occasion having beforehand competed with the celebrities of tomorrow within the Problem Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Problem.
“This Newbie Open was arguably one of many largest occasions of my season and having missed out within the play-off final yr I used to be eager to return again,” stated a delighted Burrow.
“Clearly it’s nice to have gone one higher this yr and I’m very a lot wanting ahead to taking part in a European Tour occasion within the Sultanate later this month.”
Different notable names competing embrace two-time Omega Dubai Desert Traditional champion Stephen Gallacher, earlier Ryder Cup gamers Wooden, Edoardo Molinari and Victor Dubuisson in addition to history-making Oliver Fisher, who turned the primary man to shoot 59 in a European Tour occasion final season on the Portugal Masters.