Luxury OMEGA watch and Mercedes-Benz for holes-in-one at Dubai Desert Classic

ODDC HOLE IN ONE

A luxury OMEGA watch and a gleaming Mercedes-Benz SUV will be up for grabs for golfers scoring holes-in-one during the Omega Dubai Desert Classic that gets under way at Emirates Golf Club from February 2 to 5.

As the title sponsor of the longest-running European Tour event in the region, OMEGA will present an exclusive OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial to the first golfer acing the par-3, seventh hole while a Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupe will be offered to the first professional accomplishing the feat at the par-3, 15th hole at the Majlis course.

In addition, Gargash Enterprises, the authorized general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, will also roll out a fleet of luxury SUVs through SIXT rent a car to chauffeur players to and from the tournament as well as continuing a significant on-site presence as the official car of the tournament.

The odds of a professional golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are closer to 2,500 to 1, but the Omega Dubai Desert Classic enjoys a pretty decent record of 25 holes-in-one, including nine at the seventh hole and three at the 15th, in 27 events.

In fact, the 2011 edition of the event witnessed a hole-in-hole in every round. It was only the second time in the history of the European Tour that such a feat was recorded. David Howell of England, Keith Horne of South Africa, France's Raphael Jacquelin and 2011 champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain aced the 7th, 4th, 7th and 11th in that order.

With a glistening lake stretching from the front edge of the tee to the green's apron, the par-3, seventh, measuring 186 yards, is a great vantage point for spectators where Germany's Martin Kaymer was the last to ace the hole, a feat he achieved in 2012.

Rated as one of the toughest of the par three holes on the Majlis course, the 15th hole, measuring 190 yards, demands much respect because the tee is set at an angle to the green. To ace the hole, a player would need to beat heavy odds, but Peter Hedblom (1996), Nobuhito Sato (2005) and Stephen Gallacher (2012) have done it in the past.

 "Holes-in-one require a formidable combination of luck and skill, but, despite seemingly improbable odds, they do happen all the time, adding to the excitement of a tournament," said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.

"With such attractive prizes at stake, the atmosphere will be buzzing with anticipation and when the golfers step onto the seventh and 15th hole. It will be interesting to see which lucky golfers strike the perfect tee shots," he added.

"I would like thank our title sponsor OMEGA and Gargash Enterprises for offering great hole in one prizes. I am sure they will capture the attention of the tournament and help draw huge galleries to the holes. I wish good luck to all players and look forward to seeing another exciting hole-in-one contest at the Majlis (course)."

Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for the four-day Omega Dubai Desert Classic they can be bought online from the tournament website dubaidesertclassic.com.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, JA Resorts & Hotels, Mercedes-Benz and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi's drive to showcase the emirate's vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.