Dubai: The UAE’s biggest charity golf series is back from its scorching summer break with the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series hosting the DSA Open at the iconic Emirates Golf Club on September 19 and guest of honour will be former Ballon d’Or winner and Dutch superstar Ruud Gullit.

Gullit, who also turned out for AC Milan and Chelsea, follows in the footsteps of fellow Premier League icon Lee Sharpe, who was at the helm at last year’s event.

Gullit, who is a keen golfer and single figure handicapper, will join in the on-course action during the day while guests at the evening event will hear the two-time World Player of the Year speak about his playing days alongside the likes of Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. Funds raised from this year’s series are helping 13-year-old Randolph Palomar, who is recovering from a brain tumour.

“When I was asked to be part of this fantastic initiative I jumped at the opportunity,” said Gullit, who won the 1988 European Championships with the Netherlands and is a regular competitor in Pro-Ams around the world such as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“Cancer touches everyone somewhere along the line so to be part of the great work that Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10 are doing is an honour and I hope we can raise as much money as possible on what promises to be a fantastic day for all.

“The Majlis is one of the world’s most iconic golf courses and I’ve enjoyed watching the Dubai Desert Classic over the years so I can’t wait to join the competitors in the DSA Open. The evening should be a lot of fun too and I’m looking forward to meeting all the guys that come out to support the fight against cancer.”

The top two players from the DSA Open will qualify for the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series Grand Final, the Mike Clark Golf Day, which takes place on the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 7 where a place in the Pro-Am at the star-studded DP World Tour Championship will be up for grabs.