When I heard of this year’s OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic, somehow Bruce Springsteen’s song came to my mind:
“Because the night belongs to lovers / Because the night belongs to lust / Because the night belongs to lovers / Because the night belongs to us“
The 56 players will be teeing off under the floodlights at this year’s OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic. The iconic Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club will host three days of golfing action from 4-6 November.
The will compete for the $285,000 prize fund.
In the last 14 years (since 2006) the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club was the host venue of this tournament.
Did you know that the course was built with night golf in mind?
It was redesigned by six-time Major champion, Sir Nick Faldo, in 2005 and reopened as a par-72 layout in 2006, with floodlights being an integral part of the course’s design.
The 2020 tournament has already secured some standout players from the women’s game, including
- defending champion Nuria Iturrioz,
- Solheim Cup players Charley Hull,
- Georgia Hall,
- Céline Boutier and
- the 2021 captain, Catriona Matthew.
Australasian sensations Lydia Ko and Minjee Lee will be hoping to win too. Australian Minjee Lee is currently ranked No.6 in the world.
The tournament’s ‘maiden name’ is the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters. The OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic is the world’s first professional day-night tour event.
Annika Sorenstam won the first two events back to back in 2006 and 2007.
The Chinese former world no.1, Shanshan Feng, dominated from 2014-2016, winning the tournament three times in-a-row.
Thoughts on the OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic
The OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic will be really successful when we are beyond the COVID-19 epidemic and fans can enjoy this kind of unique golf tournament experience live.
Sponsors are chasing their money and the ROI of their investment.
This is why it would be smart from the organizers’ side to utilize live webcasting solutions to enable people to see the event from where they would like to.
They will also provide monetization options which can be another revenue stream for the organizers. At the same time, it can help fans to support their favorite golf players.
This is why I am happy that the OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic is available on GOLFTV.
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