Dubai, UAE: Some of the best female golfers in the world will be in the spotlight as the 15th edition of the Dubai Moonlight Classic, presented by EGA, gets under way on Wednesday in a three-day celebration of world-class sport, food and entertainment under the floodlights at Emirates Golf Course.
Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, Solheim Cup-winning captain Catriona Matthew and English golfing legend Dame Laura Davies are just some of the star names battling it out from 27-29 October, on the challenging Faldo Course, for the coveted Dallah trophy and a bumper prize fund of 260,000 Euros. Current Ladies European Tour race leader Atthaya Thitikul is also expected to challenge along with Indian Olympic stars Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar.
One of the most highly anticipated and inclusive events on Dubai’s social and sporting schedule, the Dubai Moonlight Classic is the only tournament on the international tours to take place under floodlights. World No.23 Ariya is relishing the challenge, adding: “I am really excited to play in Dubai, and to play competitive night golf. This is my first time playing a day-night tournament so it will be great to experience a different format.”
Dame Laura Davies is no stranger to the tournament having played 13 times in its 15-year history. The 45-time LET winner said: “The Dubai event has always been at the forefront of the LET, encouraging other countries in the region to get on board with women’s sports so very important for us. I love the event and the changes around the club have been fun and amazing to watch over the years. It’s a magical place.”
Six-time LET winner Matthew added: “It is for sure one tournament that you put on your schedule at the start of every year. Dubai has always been very proactive in encouraging golf for women and has been a great supporter of the Ladies European Tour, attracting women golfers from all over the world.”
The tournament also marks the professional debut of Dubai-based Chiara Noja, the 15-year-old rising star who turned pro in time for this event. Noja said: “I’m looking forward to it, the chance to mix with players of such calibre, watch them on the driving range, seeing them compete and hole those clutch putts, is something I can definitely learn from and aspire to.”
Entry for spectators is free on Thursday and Friday, with the tournament promising a carnival atmosphere featuring the best local homegrown street food courtesy of Truckers UAE, golf taster lessons, and family-friendly activities including a kids’ play area and music from talented local singer-songwriters Jamie Wrecs and Martyn Crocker, and saxophonist Masha Kutskova.
About the Dubai Moonlight Classic present by EGA:
The Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA will return to the spotlight on 27-29 October with some of the world’s best golfers returning to compete under the floodlights. With a slightly revamped format instore, the 15th edition will see a collaboration with Truckers UAE, providing spectators with a variety of culinary delights, showcasing the vibrant local F&B scene.
The event will be open to the public on the 28th and 29th October after 4pm. Attendance is free and there is no pre-registration required.
Previously the tournament has been won by some of the world’s leading female golfers including former 2020 Champion, Minjee Lee, four-time champion Shanshan Feng, two-time winner Annika Sorenstam and Alexis Thompson.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the founding partner of the Dubai Moonlight Classic, is the world’s largest ‘premium aluminium’ producer and the biggest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas. EGA’s long term support for the tournament demonstrates their corporate commitment to the socio-economic development of the UAE as well as to promoting the country internationally.
Other partners include BMW, Emirates NBD, JA Resorts & Hotels, CNN, wasl,
Event Patrons include Arena, ARN, Motivate Media Group and The National
About the LET:
The LET inspires women and girls to pursue their passion and realise their potential through the game of golf. Our strong, energetic, proud and confident players are driven to compete at the highest level and lead by example. A diverse and multicultural membership of 325 professional golfers representing 38 countries, we are a global tour with roots in Europe. We aim to entertain and excite, but also to enhance health and quality of life, as a responsible, committed and respectful partner.
- Passionate – we are driven by a passion to perform to our full potential and get better every day. It’s not just about the money or the glory, but a true love for the game.
- Committed – we are fiercely committed to continuous improvement and recognise the grit that it takes to achieve long-term goals.
- Inspiring – our players are inspiring role models to follow and encourage others to pursue their own dreams.
The 2020 LET season is the 42nd series of golf tournaments since the professional tour was founded in 1978 and marks the first edition of the Race to Costa Del Sol. The LET Access Series is the official development tour of the LET, formed to give players an opportunity to compete and progress onto the LET and achieve their dreams in professional golf.