A brilliant course record score of one over par 73 gave Miki Mirza (DCGYC) victory in the inaugural Dubai World Championship Ultimate Golf Challenge sponsored by BMW AGMC to win a place in the Dubai World Championship Pro-am to be played on Tuesday 6th December, 2011.
Mirza’s round, played from the 7,675 yards par 72 set up – the same course yardage played by 60 of the world’s top players in the season finale event of The Race to Dubai – the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World.
Mirza’ round consisted of nines of 36 and 37. Birdies on holes 4, 11 and 15 and a solitary bogey on hole 3 saw the plus 2 handicapper stand 2 under the card on the 16th tee. A bogey, par and double bogey 7 on the home hole gave Mirza a 4 shot victory from Craig Forrest (EGF).
Forrest’s round consisted of nines of 39 and 38 highlighted by playing the four challenging par 3’s in a total of one under par with an additional birdie 3 on the par four 371 yards fifteenth hole.
Others of note from the 51 strong field included Rene Larsen (EGF) with a gross 82 and net winner Nicholas Hymas (ABGC) with a net 77 off his 15 handicap.
Geoff Hunter, JGE General Manager, said at the results announcement, ‘We hope all competitors enjoyed the experience of playing from the championship tees. It does put it into perspective that with this course set up Lee Westwood got round in just 64 blows in 1999. Congratulations go to Miki today – we have witnessed something a bit special with his 73 – it will take some beating! We thank BMW AGMC for their continued support of our activities at Jumeirah Golf Estates and to our friends at The European Tour for donating a Pro-am place for the Dubai World Championship Pro-am won by Miki. Owing to the success and interest in this event we will plan to do some more events of this type before the end of the summer in conjunction with The European Tour and the 2011 Dubai World Championship to take place on Earth course Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th December, 2011.’
M. Mirza (DCGYC) – 73
C. Forrest (EGF) – 77
C. Smith (EGF) – 81
R. Larsen (EGF) – 82
N. Hymas (ABGC) (15) – 92 – 77
Nearest the Pin – Hole 6 – M. Robson (EGF),
Nearest the Pin – Hole 13 – D. Jones (EGF),
Long Drive – Hole 9 – C. Wilcox (EGF),
Nearest the Pin in Two – Hole 16 – C. Forrest (EGF).