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Feng-Phatlu triumph in Challenge match

Dubai: Shanshan Feng of China and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlu celebrated the UAE National Day in style when they won the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Challenge Match at Emirates Golf Club’s floodlit par-3 course on Monday night.

The talented duo, who ply their trade on the LPGA Tour, carded a three-under 24 to win by a good three shots from the pairing of England’s Laura Davies and Carlota Ciganda of Spain. The team of world number three Stacy Lewis of the US and Maha Haddioui settled for third on one-over 28.

The match was followed by a gala dinner which was attended by players, representatives of the sponsors and guests. Bids for exclusive sports memorabilia were also made during a live auction to benefit Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation.

Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, and Malik Bey, regional sales manager of Omega, presented the prize and cut the cake to mark the UAE National Day celebrations.

Promoted and organised by ‘golf in DUBAi’, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters will see 108 players compete over four rounds from Wednesday for a purse of €500,000, with the winner taking home a cool €75,000.

Golf in DUBAi is backed by Omega as the title sponsor and DUBAL as the sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World & Maritime World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, Mercedes-Benz and Wasl while Dubai Duty Free, Carpetland and Motivate are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.

As a major international provider of maritime services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors and to promote the globalisation of the brand in line with the business strategy, Drydocks World and Maritime World has partnered with golf in DUBAi to support the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters to be held at Emirates Golf Club.

“We are delighted to be associated with such an important tournament that showcases a quality international field and promotes the city of Dubai, making it a perfect fit for our customer base which is premier and highly international,” said Eng. Ali Al Suwaidi, Vice-President, Commercial & Business Development, Drydocks World & Maritime World.

“Our partnership with golf in DUBAi aligns perfectly with our strategy to place Drydocks World and Maritime World at the forefront of marquee events in order to enable our clients and other stakeholders take notice of our leading edge initiatives and in highlighting Dubai as a destination of choice,” he added.