Defending champion Joost Luiten, as well as Ryder Cup star Chris Wood and Austrian hero Bernd Wiesberger, will converge to contest the US$1.75mn European Tour event. Luiten said, “I had a great time in Oman last year. The Al Mouj Golf course was stunning and a proper challenge for the players. It was a wonderful feeling to lift the inaugural trophy of the Oman Open and I am very excited to come back to defend my title.”
H E Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas, said, “The inaugural Oman Open was a great success. The exposure our country received through the international TV broadcast reached the right target groups of potential tourists and investors. We believe Oman Open 2019 under the organisation of the Oman Golf Committee with full focus on promoting the country will further strengthen the message to the world, that Oman is a beautiful destination for tourists and investors.”
While the 2019 event marks only the second running of the Oman Open, Al Mouj Golf is no stranger to hosting professional golf tournaments having previously played host to the stars of the European Challenge Tour between 2013 and 2017. This year, in addition to a world-class golf course, which drew rave reviews from the European Tour’s elite players in 2018, the competitors will stay in the Kempinski Hotel Muscat. The other golf clubs including Ras al Hamra, Muscat Hills and Ghala Golf Club have agreed to open their doors for the players free of charge.
Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour, said, “The 2018 Oman Open has been a terrific tournament,
praised by our players, who are eager to come back this year to the incredible Al Mouj Golf course and Oman.”
H E Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed al Mardhouf al Sa’adi, Minister of Sports Affairs, said, “Golf in Oman is in continuous development and awaits a promising future. We hope with great ambition to see our national golf team competing in the Oman Open in the future.”
Chris Wood, who finished runner up at last year’s Oman Open, said, “I’m looking forward to returning to Muscat this year and maybe I’ll come out on top this time.”