Final Asian Tour event of 2014 to be staged in Dubai

The Asian Tour announced an agreement on Saturday with golf in DUBAi to bring their season-ending tournament, to be called the Dubai Open, to the city,

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Dubai, already home to a pair of major stops on the European Tour with the Dubai Desert Classic and the DP World Tour Championship, has added the final stop on the 2014 Asian Tour to its golf portfolio.

In an announcement by the Asian Tour on Saturday, the competition revealed the tournament will be called the Dubai Open.

The tour and Dubai came to a three-year agreement for the staging of the tournament.

“We are extremely confident of delivering the event in sync with Dubai’s reputation as an ideal golfing destination,” said the vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, Mohamed Juma Buamaim, in a press release.

The Asian Tour chairman, Kyi Hla Han, added, “We feel proud to join hands with an organisation whose track record of hosting international golf tournaments is second to none.”

The dates for the tournament were not announced in the release, but the current Asian Tour schedule leaves open a “TBA date” for December 11-14 following an early December tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia and a late November event in Hua Hin, Thailand.

The DP World Tour Championship is also the European Tour’s final scheduled stop, the climax of the tour’s “Race to Dubai” concluding set of four tournaments. It is scheduled for November 20-23.

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland won the 2014 Dubai Desert Classic, which was held January 30-February 2.

The course to host the tournament in Dubai, as well as the prize money for the event, is yet to be announced.

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