Laura Davies in action during the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters that is played at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

Golfing superstar Laura Davies believes the women’s game is ‘as strong as it’s ever been’ as she gets set to play the Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA at Emirates Golf Club from October 27-29.

Having started her career in 1985, Davies knows only too well how difficult it was for the women’s game to get the same amount of coverage as her male counterparts. But things have changed in recent years with the women’s game rightly receiving the recognition it deserves thanks to pioneers of the game such as Davies and Annika Sörenstam paving the way for the next generation of female stars.

“I think the women’s game is as strong as it’s ever been and because it’s being played around the world now, it has to inspire the next generation of young girls,” said Davies.

Davies also credited Dubai’s forward thinking in helping grow the game in the region with the likes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar following suit in hosting Ladies European Tour events after the Dubai Ladies Masters was first staged in 2006.

“Dubai has always been at the forefront of the LET by encouraging other countries in the region to get on board with women’s sports so it’s very important for us,” she said.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve only missed two events in Dubai as I love the tournament and the changes in the area of the club have been fun and amazing to watch over the years - it’s a magical place.”

The four-time major winner is one of the biggest names in the sport, boasting a record seven Ladies European Tour Order of Merit wins, 85 tournament triumphs worldwide and is the all-time leader in points won at the Solheim Cup.

You would have thought that Davies had experienced everything that golf had to offer, but playing under the lights in a professional setting was new to the 58-year-old when she competed at last year’s Dubai Moonlight Classic, the only night tournament in world golf.

“Well at my age playing under floodlights is quite difficult as my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be!” she said. “I think it’s a fun and unique format but once a year is good for me.”

Fans can catch all the action from the Dubai Moonlight Classic live from Emirates Golf Club with free entry available to all.