International Series Oman
(L-R) Ahmed Al Wahaibi of Oman, Othman Almulla of Saudi and Azaan Al Rumhy of Oman pictured together ahead of day one of International Series Oman at Al Mouj Golf. Image Credit: Supplied

The International Series Oman has given local and regional talent an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best players in the world, with an elite-level field taking on the iconic Al Mouj Golf course this weekend.

At International Series Oman, local amateurs Azzan Al Rumhy and Ahmed Al Wahaibi were in the field this week alongside the Saudi quartet of Othman Almulla, Saud Al Sharif, Faisal Salhab and Khalid Walid Attieh.

Promising Dubai-based youngster Joshua Grenville-Wood also started with Jordanian-English Shergo Al Khurdi and the Moroccan duo of Ayoub Lguirati and Ayoub Id-Omar.

The home hopes and talented regional players had the chance to rub shoulders with the top names on the Asian Tour, and global golf superstars including Joaquin Niemann, who received a special invite to this year’s first Major, the Masters at Augusta National, just before the first round in Oman.

Other heavyweights in the field include Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, and LIV Golf League stars such as Fireballs GC youngster David Puig, the winner on the Asian Tour last week at the IRS Prima Malaysian Open.

Saud Al Sharif
Saud Al Sharif of Saudi Arabia pictured playing a fairway shot during round one of the International Series Oman Image Credit: Supplied

Azzan, who also competed in the event last year, said: “I am delighted that we are hosting this interesting event in our home, Oman, I can’t be happier and prouder than this. This event had given me the chance to meet with local and international colleagues from the same field. I am looking forward to be involved in such event locally and internationally.

“Also, hosting The International Series in Oman is significant in elevating the golf reputation among Omanis.”

Al Wahaibi, who is making his debut this year, added: “These events are very important for the Omani sport in general and golf in particular. The International Series shows how Oman can host world-class events, and also gives us the opportunity to practice and play with international golfers from around the world.”

Al Mulla, who has competed in all events on two seasons of The International Series, hopes the involvement of local and regional golfers can help raise the profile of the sport in Oman and further afield.

He said: “Golf is not a very common sport in the region. But International Series Oman, and other regional events on The International Series will help to raise the profile of the sport by bringing the very best in the world here. For golf fans and local players alike it is a wonderful opportunity.

“It is a chance for fans to watch the very best at the top of their game, and it is an opportunity for aspiring local players to learn from the very best, whether on the driving range or practice areas, or by playing alongside them.”