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Adri Arnaus (Spain), now a Dubai resident, winning the 2018 Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final at Al Hamra Golf Club. Image Credit: Courtesy: Worldwide Golf

Ras Al Khaimah: The DP World Tour’s commitment to innovation in golf will be apparent next week when the Ras Al Khaimah Team Challenge takes to the fairways.

The one-day exhibition event will be played on February 8 at Al Hamra Golf Club, in between the two tournaments already scheduled at the UAE venue — the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital (February 3-6) and the Ras Al Khaimah Classic (February 10-13).

The event will feature across the Tour’s digital platforms.

The Ras Al Khaimah Team Challenge will feature 26 teams of two professionals per team in a stroke play event playing over nine holes in a classic Scramble format; ie: each team selecting the best drive and both players playing from there, then selecting the best second shot and both players playing from there until the hole is completed.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, said: “As well as celebrating the tradition of 72-hole tournaments within golf’s current ecosystem, we are always looking to do something different to continue to broaden golf’s appeal to fans around the world, and the fun exhibition that is the Ras Al Khaimah Team Challenge will do just that.

“Most people who play golf will have played the Scramble format with their friends at their local clubs at some point, and I’m sure they will be intrigued to tune in to see how our professionals cope with this different and unique challenge,” concluded Pelley.