January 24, 2006

All-Star Golf Team Plays For Charity in UAE

Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn & Mark O'Meara will all be in the United Arab Emirates next week for the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic. However, before the competition begins, this all-star cast will be participating in the fourth annual Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Challenge Match. Sponsored by Nakheel, the UAE's leading property developer, the Challenge Match pits two team of golfers against one and other for a round at the resort's amazing nine hole golf course. In an effort toraise funds for local area charities, these world class golfers will also be aiming to raise money with their skills.

First up will be the high-stakes, hole in one competition. If any of the players is able to make a hole in one on the par three second hole, $500,000 dollars will be awarded with $300,000 going to the player and $200,000 going to the charities. On the par three eighth hole, the stakes double with $1,000,000 being divided between the player and the charities.

Secondly, Nakheel will also run the Birdie, Eagle, and Albatross Challenge. For each birdie, eagle and albatross that the players make, Nakheel will donate between 10,000-20,000 Dirhams to the local charities. In addition, Nakheel will contribute 5,000 Dirhams for each shot under par that the golfers achieve.

The event, with its fabulous hole in one contest, looks to be an excellent way to kick-off a week of great golf in Dubai. Television coverage of the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic will be provided, in the United States, by The Golf Channel. Check your local listings for dates and times.