Dubai: Over 170 golfers took part in the DHL Open, the opening leg of the four-stage DHL Swing Against Cancer Series, at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday, which was attended by former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

The event raised over US$20,000 (Dh73,500) for Friends of Cancer Patients, which will go directly towards the treatment of three-year-old Mohammad Sameer Abdullah, who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Maruf Khan came out on top in the amateur division with 44 Stableford points followed by Hisham Shammas, who also finished on 44 but lost on a countback, and Paul Grayson in third on 43 points. All three now qualify for the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series Grand Final, the Mike Clark Golf Day, which takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 1, where a place in the DP World Tour Championship Pro-Am is up for grabs.

In the professional division, Ricki Neil-Jones won with a round of 78, earning a place in the Grand Final where he will compete for a three-night golf break at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka.

The DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series, organised by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10, launched last year and raised US$100,000 for charity in 2017. This year looks to surpass that with its first international event at Brocket Hall Golf Club in London, England on June 29, before returning to the UAE for the DSA Open at Emirates Golf Club on September 13 followed by the Mike Clark Golf Day on November 1.

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