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The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final

The European Challenge Tour and the National Bank of Oman yesterday announced that the climax to the 2015 Challenge Tour season will be staged at the stunning location of Almouj Golf, The Wave, Muscat from November 4-7.

The National Bank of Dubai (NBO) has successfully hosted the penultimate event of the Challenge Tour season for the past two years at the breathtaking Greg Norman designed Championship course, alongside the Gulf of Oman in Muscat, but now its significance has increased to a whole new level as the $397,000 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final for the next four years.

The Challenge Tour is 'Where Heroes Are Made' and it is at the conclusion of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final when the top 15 players in the Rankings are duly rewarded with graduation to The European Tour International Schedule in 2016, where they will fulfil their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the biggest stars in world golf.

Oman created history on Europe's top development tour when in 2012 it became the first country in the GCC to stage a Challenge Tour event, the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic. The overwhelming success of the tournament earned the Sultanate a fitting selection for the biggest tournament of the 2015 season.

Last year's tournament was described as "one of the best courses we played all year" by three-time European Tour winner Johan Edfors.  The event received glowing praise from fellow players, officials, dignitaries, VIPs and spectators not only for the excellence of the links-style Almouj Golf course but also the magnificent organisation of the event. The tournament is sure to become one of the most popular venues in the long history of the Challenge Tour's season-ending finale. It becomes the third successive year the event has taken place in the region, having been held in Dubai for the past two seasons.

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, said: "For the past two years National Bank of Oman has created one of the most successful and popular tournaments on the Challenge Tour schedule, so it gives us great pleasure to work with them on what is the biggest tournament of our season, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.

"The players have spoken very highly of Almouj Golf, which is a true Championship course in one of the most beautiful locations we visit, with many of them saying it is the best course they have played on our Tour.

"We must extend our sincere thanks to National Bank of Oman and its Chairman Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi for showing such vision and commitment in making this significant step up by becoming the host of our most prestigious event and we know NBO will provide a professionally organised set-up worthy of our Grand Final."

Ahmed Al Musalmi, Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Oman, concluded: "In hosting the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic for the past two years we had the opportunity to show the world that Oman was more than capable of staging a prestigious world-class sporting event. The accolades we received over those two tournaments from players and their managers, spectators, dignitaries, VIPs and Tour officials was simply overwhelming.

"Our success of the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic as the penultimate event on the European Challenge Tour season has led to the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic Grand Final, where the top 15 players on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit after our event, will have earned their place on The European Tour 2016 International Schedule.  The event has certainly been a success story which has earned global recognition not just in becoming the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final but it has also put Oman firmly on the golfing tourism global map.

"We have many people to thank for the support they have provided, and particularly the members of the National Bank of Oman, whose efforts and enthusiasm to make such an impact has been nothing short of magnificent. All we have to do now is make an even bigger impression with the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final."