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NBO Oman Open – Al Mouj Golf Club – Oman

After five years of successfully hosting Challenge Tour events, Oman now gets its chance to join the list of 43 other nations to have held a European Tour event.

Although the field is far from the strongest you will see, this will still be an event to enjoy. Golf on Links style courses usually offers up plenty of excitement and this particular course will no doubt provide us with a similar offering, especially if the winds get up.

Course Design and Layout

Description: Designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in 2012

Along a two kilometre stretch of pristine coastline , flanking the Indian Ocean and with the stunning Hajjar mountain range in the background, lies a striking oasis of lush green grass, accented with bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes. At 7,342 yards long, the 18 hole Championship Course at Al Mouj Golf is Oman’s first links style course offering the professionals a challenging, yet rewarding, game of golf.

International golfing legend Greg Norman is responsible for the magnificent design of the Championship golf course at Al Mouj Golf.

The Shark, as he is affectionately known, visited the site back in 2006 and could instantly see in his mind’s eye the course that he wanted to create. After carefully studying the topography and weather conditions of the site, and using his years of experience playing top golf courses around the globe, Greg and his associates from Greg Norman Design produced an inspiring plan. The Greg Norman course offers truly unique characters with each hole offering something different from the last. He and his design team were mindful of maintaining the panorama of the ocean and the spectacular vista of the Hajjar Mountains. On a clear day you almost feel as if you can touch the mountains.

Par: 72 (4 x par 5’s and 4 par 3’s

Course Length: 7365 yards.

Style: Links

Rough: There is very little penal rough in play, however errant shots are punished heavily by the natural waste areas and abundance of water either in the form of the Indian Ocean or by one of many man made water hazards that feature throughout

History: This will be the first time that the European Tour have hosted an event here. However the Challenge Tour have been competing here since 2013 and just over one third of the field have experienced tournament play on this course.

Weather: With any costal course it is wise to pay attention to the weather and make your best judgement at the very last minute. The difficulty of the course will depend heavily on the winds and this could present a fantastic edge if you call it and play it right.


$10,000 +

Shubhankar Sharma $11,300

Joost Luiten $10,000

$9,000 – $10,000

Matthieu Pavon $9,200

David Horsey $9,000

$8,000 – $9,000

Jeff Winther $8,900

Jorge Campillo $8,800

Nino Bertasio $8,400

Lucas Herbert $8,200

Clement Sordet $8,100

$7,500 – $8,000

Richie Ramsay $7,900

Matt Wallace $7,800

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston $7,600

Wu Ashun $7,600

$7,000 – $7,000

Ricardo Gouveia $7,300

Jens Dantrop $7,200

Matt Southgate $7,200

Daisuki Kataoka $7,000

Sam Brazel $7,000

Less Than $7,000

Personally I’m not playing anyone in this section this week however if I was the only players I may take a gamble on are local resident Azaan Al Rumhy $6,700 or Andrea Pavan $6,900




Junkie Jargon

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When a GPP does not fill to capacity, the company has to make up the difference between the guaranteed prize pool and the amount of funds they actually took in.

  • Ex: A $100,000 GPP with a $200 entry fee requires 500 contests to reach its target “prize pool.” If only 400 enter the host company would have to make-up the difference ($20,000).