Wiesberger gunning for glory at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital

Wiesberger gunning for glory at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital

DUBAI, UAE: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger has his sights set on a maiden Middle East victory at this week’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital, having secured nine top ten finishes in the region.

The 36 year old, who made his Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits last year, becoming the first Austrian to represent Team Europe, came agonisingly close to victory in last year’s AVIV Dubai Championship, missing out by a stroke to Joachim B. Hansen at Jumeirah Golf Estates and he’s aiming to go one step further Al Hamra Golf Club.

“I love playing in this part of the world and I’ve had some good results here, I’m just missing a win,” said Wiesberger, an eight-time DP World Tour winner. “They really take good care of the players and the surroundings, everything is right there – the golf courses here make it a major golfing destination for a lot of people around the globe.

“They have great facilities and great golf courses and try to present them as them challenging as possible for us which I prefer and therefore it’s always a good atmosphere for me. I feel comfortable and the weather plays its part as well so all that adds up to hopefully another enjoyable week here in Ras Al Khaimah.”

This week’s event, taking place from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 February, will see Ras Al Khaimah become the third emirate to host a DP World Tour event and Wiesberger is relishing the opportunity to add another new playing experience to his CV on the stunning Al Hamra course.

“It’s nice to experience new challenges and new golf courses,” he said. “I heard nice things about Ras Al Khaimah, I’ve never personally been there and it’s a new territory for the majority of players so I’m looking forward to having another tournament in the UAE in our schedule.”

Despite never having played the course before, Wiesberger, who got 2022 off to a solid start with a tied 12thin the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship followed by a tied 24th in the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, is confident that he has the game to overcome the Peter Harradine-designed track.

“To be honest I feel like I can adapt quickly so we’ll have a good idea about the course after a couple of practice rounds. It’s true that we don’t often come to complete new grounds on the Tour because most courses come back in loops over the years but I always felt that I have quick transition into different golf courses and adapt and see the opportunities and challenges that each one represents. I’m sure we’ll do just fine in Ras Al Khaimah as well.”

Free tickets are available for the Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital via Ticketmaster:  https://www.ticketmaster.ae/artist/ras-al-khaimah-championship-tickets/1129884


About the DP World Tour
The DP World Tour is the main men’s professional golf Tour of the European Tour group, with a global schedulefeaturing a minimum of 45 tournaments in 25 different countries across the 2022 season.
Formerly known as the European Tour, which was established in 1972, the 2022 DP World Tour schedule includes five Rolex Series events, along with four Major Championships, two World Golf Championship events and three tournaments co-sanctioned with the PGA TOUR, as well as tournaments staged around the world with a minimum prize of $2million for all events solely sanctioned by the DP World Tour.
The season concludes with the final Rolex Series event, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where the winner of the Tour’s season-long competition, the DP World Tour Rankings, will be crowned.
DP World, the leading provider of global smart end-to-end supply chain and logistics solutions, is the title partner of the DP World Tour, which is administered by the European Tour group.
About the European Tour group

The European Tour group is the overarching corporate brand which administers four competition brands: the DP World Tour, the Challenge Tour, the Legends Tour and, along with the PGA of America, is the Managing Partner of golf’s greatest team contest, the Ryder Cup.
Established in 1972, the European Tour group is committed to‘Driving Golf Further’through our guiding principles of being innovative, inclusive andglobal.

Innovative: We are driving innovation in golf through the creation of award-winning content, pioneering tournament formats and the use of the latest technology and inventive fan engagement. We are committed to attracting new audiences whilst respecting the tradition of our sport.

Inclusive: We are committed to include all who share a love for the game of golf. We are passionate about a closer collaboration with the women’s game, disability golf and promoting the many physical and mental health benefits of playing golf.  

Global: Since 1972, players from 37 different countries have won tournaments on our main Tour, while our live broadcast reaches more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. We also enjoy the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with DP World, Rolex, BMW, Callaway, Emirates, Fortinet, Workday and Zoom as Official Partners.
The European Tour group has Strategic Alliances with the PGA TOUR and the Sunshine Tour, while we also drive positive community impact through our overarching CSR programme, Golf for Good.

About Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its diverse landscape, from 64km of pristine beaches, to terracotta deserts and an imposing mountain backdrop, as well as its rich history, dating back 7,000 years. It has many archaeological sites, four of which have been shortlisted on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites.   
Alongside its breathtaking natural vistas that have been carved out over millennia, the Emirate’s Jebel Jais mountain, which is the highest peak in the UAE, boasts attractions including Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zip line at almost 3km, and 1484 by Puro, the UAE’s highest restaurant, as well as a host of other adventure pursuits.

In recognition of its array of premium tourist offerings, Ras Al Khaimah was named Gulf Tourism Capital for 2021 by the Gulf Cooperation Council – a title it won for the second consecutive year. In light of its safe environment for visitors, the Emirate became the first city in the world to be certified as ‘safe’ by Bureau Veritas and the first Emirate to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ‘safe travels’ stamp. 

Ras Al Khaimah is centrally located at the modern crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, with one third of the world’s population within four hours’ flying time, making it an ideal location for businesses to expand into the UAE, the Middle East and Africa region and beyond. 

The Emirate boasts an economy that is based on a variety of sectors, such as tourism, business, manufacturing, shipping and transportation services, as well as natural resources. Each sector accounts for no more than 26% of the Emirate’s GDP – a critical advantage that enhances Ras Al Khaimah’s economic flexibility and strength.

For more than a decade, Ras Al Khaimah has been consistently rated in the ‘A’ range by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s international ratings agencies. The Emirate is home to more than 38,000 businesses from 100 countries, representing over 50 diverse economic fields, all of which are benefiting from the excellent quality of life on offer, the competitive cost of housing and labor, modern infrastructure – including an international airport and the largest bulk seaport in the region – and its state-of-the-art industrial areas and business parks. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the most diverse economies in the UAE.   

Ras Al Khaimah is home to 111 schools – 76 public schools and 35 private establishments – including Ras Al Khaimah Academy. Several Higher Education institutions are also based in the Emirate, including the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, RAK Medical & Health Sciences University and the Higher Colleges of Technology. This is in addition to several international universities that have set up branches in the Emirate, notably the University of Bolton and the University of Stirling, both from the UK.

Ras Al Khaimah Government is driving digitalization and has transitioned more than 700 services from various Government departments into e-services available online, while the mRAK app offers over 150 services, ensuring convenience, safety and high standards for businesses and the general public. 

Ras Al Khaimah is a cultural melting pot, with an estimated population of 0.4 million people in 2021, up from 0.345 million in 2015, when 37% of the population were local Emirati.   

With year-round sunshine, straightforward business set-up and a competitive and affordable cost of living, Ras Al Khaimah is the informed choice for business, lifestyle and travel.

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About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. RAKTDA aims to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the Authority has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the Emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.

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