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NBO Oman Open set to begin on February 15

Featuring many of the world’s top golfers, the US$1.75mn prize money tournament will further cement Oman’s position as one of the most sought-after golf destinations.



Sporting history will be made on February 15th when the National Bank of Oman, in partnership with the Omani Government, Al Mouj Golf and the European Tour Middle East, brings the PGA European Tour event: NBO Oman Open, to the Sultanate for the very first time. Featuring many of the world’s top golfers, the US$1.75mn prize money tournament will further cement Oman’s position as one of the most sought-after golf destinations.

The NBO Oman Open comes after successfully hosting the Challenge Tour’s NBO Road to Oman Golf Classic at Al Mouj Golf for the past five consecutive years. “We are officially in the big league hosting one of leading professional golf tournaments in the world,” expressed Ahmed Al Musalami, CEO of NBO. “That’s not all, this tournament will also give the world a view of the vast opportunities Oman has to offer.  We are confident of economic benefits the NBO Oman Open will bring and remain steadfast in our commitment to evolving the sport of Golf across the country.”

The NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf is open to the public and will cater to both golf enthusiasts and families alike. The Public Village will offer a range of fun activities including bouncy castles and mini golf  in addition to a selection of food stalls. In preparation for the star-studded event and to increase public interest in the game and the event at large, NBO held a trick-shot at its new headquarters in Al Azaiba. Several outreach activities to schools were also conducted to attract, new, younger fans to the sport.

The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe – the elite European Tour, the European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. Over the past five years, Oman has been host to the Challenge Tour of which the season-finale of the last two years has served as a climax to the ‘Race to Oman’ series.