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Mena leaders get Classic invite

Rising stars given their chance to shine

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Dubai: The top three professionals and leading amateur from the 2012 Mena Tour will pit their wits against the world’s best golfers at this weekend’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

Four Britons Stephen Dodd, Zane Scotland, William Harrold and Max Williams have been handed special invitations and will be up against the likes of former World No.1 Lee Westwood and defending champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello from Thursday through to Sunday.

Elsewhere, in a gesture to recognised the contribution of Pakistani players to the Mena Tour, Mohammad Munir, who won the Ras Al Khaimah Classic before finishing fourth on the Order of Merit, has also been handed an invite.

Mohammad Bu Amim, Vice-Chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi and chairman of the Mena Tour, said: “The intention behind inviting the top Mena Golf Tour players to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is to try and substantially enhance their careers.

“Though the tour is aimed at providing a springboard for the region’s leading players to hone their competitive edge and graduate to the next level, it’s quite pleasing to note experienced players like Stephen Dodd have taken this route to put their careers back on track.”