National Bank of Oman first brought the Challenge Tour to Muscat in 2013. After two successful and inspiring tournaments, the tournament established itself further by becoming the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final. The final tournament of the Challenge Tour season held annually at Al Mouj Golf, The Wave – Muscat, a stunning venue in Oman’s bustling capital.
Only 45 eligible players in the Challenge Tour ‘Road to Oman’ rankings are eligible to participate from 1st November – 4th November. The 2016 Grand Final winner was Ricardo Gouveia with a score of 13 under par; his victory secured him winning the Road to Oman Rankings also with the highest total earnings for a seaso in European Challenge Tour History. Along with this he climed to 84th in the Official World Golf Rankings tying Edoardo Molinari as the joint highest ranking as a Challenge Tour player.
About the Challenge Tour:
First held in 1987, the European Challenge Tour has become an established stepping-stone for future champions. Golfing stars are able to hone in their skills over 72-hole competitions, with the aim of fulfilling their dream of playing on the next European Tour. In 2017, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final is ready to challenge players hoping to make the step onto the European Tour.
The European Challenge Tour has achieved incredible growth in recent years. The tour has visited a variety of countries in Europe; it has held events in countries including China, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, UAE and the Sultanate of Oman.
The Challenge Tour gives professionals the opportunity to play competitive, high-level golf while providing a platform to progress to the European Tour, with the top 15 players obtaining a European Tour card for the following season. Challenge tour players can also gain world-ranking points for high finishes in tour events. A player who wins three Challenge Tour events in a season is fast-tracked onto the main European Tour immediately.