Sheikh Mansoor becomes patron of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
28 Nov 2020
Sheikh Mansoor (right) takes over the patronage of the Tour’s final Rolex Series event as chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has become the Patron of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the European Tour’s season-ending tournament.
Sheikh Mansoor takes over the patronage of the Tour’s final Rolex Series event from Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whom he has replaced as chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai returns to Jumeirah Golf Estates for the 12th consecutive edition from Dec.10-13.
Since its inception in 2009, the tournament has become one of the most high-profile events on the golfing calendar, with past winners including Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and the reigning champion Jon Rahm, who last November claimed the title for the second time in three years and was also crowned the 2019 Race to Dubai Champion.
It is one of only four events in the emirate with a five-star rating as part of the Dubai Sports Council’s Sports Event Ranking System.
Sheikh Mansoor said: “Dubai is one of the top sporting destinations of the world, especially for golf fans and aficionados, and it is only befitting that we host the season-ending finale of the European Tour here.
“Dubai has been home to the DP World Tour Championship since 2009, and the event has produced some of golf’s most memorable moments through the years. We have also seen the season’s most consistent performers honoured here alongside the tournament winner, with the Race to Dubai champion being crowned at the Earth course.
“This event, then, is a double-celebration for golf, and this year, it will hold an even greater symbolism given all the challenges we have faced since the COVID-19 outbreak.
“So, we look forward to welcoming the world’s leading golfers back to Dubai for the 12th edition of the DP World Tour Championship, as well as the culmination of the Race to Dubai. This championship has enjoyed a special place on Dubai’s annual sports calendar, and it has played a big part in enhancing Dubai’s reputation of being the destination of choice for the world’s leading sports stars and events, and the world’s leading sports tourism hub.”
Keith Pelley, European Tour Chief Executive, added: “The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is a global focal point for the golfing world each year as the European Tour’s final Rolex Series event and season-ending tournament.
“Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan the tournament has been a truly fitting finale to our season-long Race to Dubai.
“We thank Sheikh Hamdan for all of his support and we look forward to working with Sheikh Mansoor to ensure the continued success of this prestigious tournament on the world stage.”