NIGHT GOLF IS THE ‘DWIGHT’ STUFF, SAYS FOOTBALL LEGEND YORKE!

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Former Manchester United Star Heaps Praise on Dubai Moonlight Classic’s Return to the UAE and the Event’s Unique Night Play Format

Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United and Trinidad and Tobago star

Dubai, UAE: Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United and Trinidad and Tobago star, has heaped praise on this week’s Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA, with the prolific striker also revealing he has a unique vantage point to watch the on-course action at Emirates Golf Club this week.

“I’m here practising tonight but I’ll definitely be watching the action this weekend. I can see the players go by from my apartment window, so I’m very lucky the tournament is quite literally in my neck of the woods, we all are. It’s always good to have the Ladies European Tour back at Emirates Golf Club, it’s a special venue, one of the best and a great home for the Dubai Moonlight Classic,” said Yorke, who won three consecutive English Premier League championships with Manchester United between 1999-2001, as well as the UEFA Champion’s League during the Red Devil’s historic treble season in 1999.

Yorke reserved special praise for the Dubai Moonlight Classic’s unique evening format: “The tournament’s night-time setting is fantastic, being played in the moonlight under the floodlights, it’s great to see and I am sure everybody will come out to support the girls this weekend,” said the former Trinidad and Tobago striker, who captained his country at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

After retiring from football in 2009, Yorke confessed that golf is a key avenue to maintain his competitive spirit. “I’m a big fan of the game, I love it. After my retirement from football, I have more time and this game brings a little bit of everything in terms of competitiveness. It’s obviously not a team sport, it’s all about you. My work ethic is if you put the effort in you get the rewards out, and I’m certainly hitting it well tonight – although maybe not as well as the girls out on the course,” he added.

The Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA is a three-day celebration of world-class sport, food and entertainment under the floodlights at Emirates Golf Course running until 29 October.

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. 

Tournament partners: 

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.