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Tuesday, 13 February 2018
A general view of the 18th hole during practice for the NBO Oman Golf  (Getty Images)
A general view of the 18th hole during practice for the NBO Oman Golf (Getty Images)

The links-hybrid course was designed by the Great White Shark, Greg Norman, and opened in 2012. It may be hosting its first ever European Tour event this week, but Al Mouj Golf is no stranger to golfing drama, as the venue for the European Challenge Tour's season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final for the last three seasons. 

Located in Muscat, Oma,n which borders the United Arab Emirates, the course has already made a great first impression with many of the players. Here is a brief overview on what you can expect this week.

No rough, no problem?

Not this week. While the course is refreshingly short of any penal rough, errant shots from the tee will be punished. With no less than nine holes being flanked by a variety of fresh and sea water and an expanse of natural waste areas, hitting fairways on the 7365 yard, par 72 course will be crucial this week. 

Three awesome par threes

 As par threes go, the collection at Al Mouj Golf is hard to beat. 

The fifth hole plays 150 yards to an island green.

The lengthy 230 yard eleventh is arguably the best hole on the property with a beautiful infinity green.

Picture-perfect. The 170 yard thirteenth runs along the waters' edge and is surrounded by bunkers. 

Wind

With Oman home to over 2000 metres of stunning coastline it's hardly surprising that the course is flanked by the waters of the Indian Ocean. Bernd Ritthammer, winner on the Challenge Tour here in 2016, expects the wind to be a factor throughout this week.

"Without wind I would say the scoring will be quite low but with the wind, anyone who is not on their game will struggle, so it is a very good test." 

A tough finish

The 466 yard par four 18th hole now forces players to hit driver after it was extended a couple years ago. With anything right finding water and the green also guarded by water, expect the 18th to be pivotal over the weekend.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LUITEN, JoostNED18-16
2WOOD, ChrisENG18-14
3GUERRIER, JulienFRA18-13
T4HAN, SeungsuUSA18-11
T4CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-11
T4LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-11

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