The eagerly awaited Luckiest Ball on Earth serieshas kicked off with golfers across the UAE vying for a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest names in golf in the star-studded DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Pro-Am.
The Luckiest Ball on Earth competition has proven a big hit with the UAE’s amateur golfers since the initiative was first launched in 2011. The annual competition is open to all golfers who hold an Official Club Handicap recognised by the EGF (maximum 28 formen and juniors and 36 for ladies).
Qualifying tournaments will be held at 20 golf clubs across the Emirates until 22nd October, with the triumphant golfers booking their spot in the Grand Final at Jumeirah Golf Estates on 29th October 2021.
Prizes worth more than AED 300,000 are on offer including premium hospitality tickets and merchandise for the DP World Tour Championship. The overall male, female, and juniorwinner will receive a coveted place in the DP World Tour Championship Pro-Am taking place on November 16th.
“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Luckiest Ball on Earth competition, offering UAE golfers a unique opportunity to mix with some of the world’s best players,” said Tom Phillips, European Tour Head of Middle East. “We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Emirates Golf Federation and the 20 qualifying clubs, which makes this wonderful local golf initiative possible. We urge golfers across the region to get down to their local qualifier – you never know when it might be your day!”
The DP World Tour Championship sees the top 50 players on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai competing for a prize fund of US$9 million. This year’s tournament will take place from the 18th – 21st November on the Earth Course,Jumeirah Golf Estates. Tickets for the event are now available.
List of clubs taking part in the Luckiest Ball on Earth competition:
|Al Ghazal Golf Club||Abu Dhabi||Friday September 24|
|Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club||Sharjah||Saturday September 25|
|The Address Montgomerie Dubai||Dubai||Saturday September 25|
|Al Hamra Golf Club||Ras Al Khaimah||Friday October 1|
|Al Zorah Golf Club||Ajman||Friday October 1|
|Jumeirah Golf Estates||Dubai||FridayOctober 1|
|Arabian Ranches Golf Club||Dubai||Friday October 1|
|Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club||Al Ain||Friday October 1|
|Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa||Dubai||Saturday October 2|
|Dubai Creek Golf Club & Yacht Club||Dubai||Saturday October 2|
|Abu Dhabi Golf Club||Abu Dhabi||Saturday October 9|
|Saadiyat Beach Golf Club||Abu Dhabi||Saturday October 9|
|Trump International Golf Club||Dubai||Friday October 15|
|The Track Meydan||Dubai||Friday October 15|
|Tower Links Golf Club||Ras Al Khaimah||Friday October 15|
|The Els Club||Dubai||Friday October 15|
|Yas Links||Abu Dhabi||Saturday October 16|
|Dubai Hills||Dubai||Saturday October 16|
|Abu Dhabi City Golf Club||Abu Dhabi||Friday October 22|
|Emirates Golf Club||Dubai||Friday October 22|
About the European Tour’s Race to Dubai
The Race to Dubai is the season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s Number One player. Celebrating the global connectivity of Dubai and the European Tour, the list of champions since 2009 reads like a Who’s Who of modern-era greats, including multiple titles for Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood. Other winners include Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Kaymer, and Luke Donald. Formerly known as the Order of Merit, points are accumulated based on a tournament points system with the winner awarded the prestigious Race to Dubai trophy at the conclusion of the DP World Tour Championship.
About the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
The highest ranked players on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai are invited to contest the final event of the season, the US$9million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – a Rolex Series event. Staged at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the warm weather conditions are perfect for both players and spectators. The Greg Norman-designed Earth course has a reputation for delivering dramatic finales and providing a stage for the biggest stars to shine. Double winners Matt Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson head a list of champions since its 2009 launch also including Danny Willett and Lee Westwood.
About the Rolex Series
The Rolex Series is the premium event category on the European Tour’s International Schedule, comprising four tournaments in 2021, staged in a variety of world-class golfing locations each with a minimum prize fund of US$8 million and 8,000 Race to Dubai points available.
Showcasing innovation, enriched media, content and broadcast coverage, and a superior event experience for the world’s top players, the list of champions includes some of golf’s most distinguished names.
The Rolex Series was launched in 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Rolex’s enduring partnership with the European Tour.
In 2021, the Rolex Series comprises; The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (January 21-24), the Abdn Scottish Open (July 8-11) the BMW PGA Championship (September 9-12) and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (November 18-21), where the leading golfer on the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership Rolex will be crowned.
About the European Tour
The European Tour is ‘Driving Golf Further’ through guiding principles of being innovative, inclusive and global.
Innovative: The European Tour is driving innovation in golf through the creation of award-winning content, pioneering tournament formats and the use of the latest technology and inventive fan engagement. We have recognised the need for golf to modernise for future fans and we are committed to engaging new audiences whilst respecting the tradition of our sport.
Inclusive: We are committed to include all who share a love for the game of golf. We are passionate about a closer collaboration with the women’s game, disability golf and promoting the health benefits of playing golf.
Global: Since the European Tour was formed in 1972, players from 36 different countries have won tournaments, while our live broadcast reaches more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. We also enjoy the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Callaway, DP World, Emirates, Workday and Zoom as Official Partners.
The European Tour also manages the developmental Challenge Tour and the Legends Tour (formerly known as the Staysure Tour) which is the men’s professional golf tour for members aged 50 and older.
The European Tour is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, the Ryder Cup.