Official Airline of 15 Golf Tournaments

Emirates is currently the Official Sponsor of 15 golf tournaments around the world.

Avantha Masters
DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi, India
11th to 14th February 2010
A professional tournament on the Asian and European Tours, the EUR 1.5 million Avantha Masters was recently introduced after the Indian Masters was discontinued. Held in New Delhi, India, the tournament is played at the DLF Golf and Country Club on a course designed by Arnold Palmer. The inaugural tournament took place from 11th to 14th February 2010.

Maybank Malaysian Open
Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4th to 7th March 2010
Part of the PGA European Tour’s "Race to Dubai" series and also co-sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the European Tour, the Maybank Malaysian Open is held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) located eight kilometres from the city centre in Bukit Kiara. Soon celebrating its 50th anniversary, the tournament is played on the club’s West Course, a Par 72 international championship course designed by golf architects Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright.

Ballantine’s Championship
Pinx Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea
22nd to 25th April 2010
The Ballantine’s Championship is part of the European Tour, and is held at the Pinx Golf Club in South Korea. The tournament – the first European Tour event staged in Korea – takes place on picturesque Jeju Island and boasts a prize fund of over EUR 2 million. The course was designed by Theodore G. Robinson and provides views of both the sea and of Halla Mountain.

BMW International Open
Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany
24th to 27th June 2010
Played since 1989, the BMW International Open is held in Munich, Germany, and is an important tournament on the European Tour. Held at the Golfclub München Eichenried with a prize purse of around EUR 2 million, the tournament is one of three tour events held in Germany. It is played on a course featuring numerous water hazards designed by Kurt Rossknecht, and the event attracts around 60,000 spectators and media representatives every year.

Alstom Open de France
Le Golf National, Paris, France
1st to 4th July 2010
Launched in 1906, the prestigious Open de France is the oldest national open in continental Europe and has been a major tournament on the European Tour since 1972. This rich and historic tournament boasts a prize fund of around EUR 4 million and is held at Le Golf National located just outside the French capital.

Austrian Golf Open
Fontana Golf Club, Vienna, Austria
16th to 19th September 2010
Held for eight consecutive years at the Golfclub Fontana, the Austrian Golf Open is a key men’s tournament on the European Tour with a prize purse of EUR 1.5 million. The club is located approximately 20 kilometres south of Vienna in Oberwaltersdorf, Lower Austria.

Thailand Open
Thai Country Club, Bangkok, Thailand
30th September to 3rd October 2010
In 2010, the Thailand Open, previously a tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour, will become a OneAsia Tour event, which is a joint venture between the PGA Tour of Australasia, the China Golf Association, the Japan Golf Tour, the Korean Golf Association and the Korean PGA. The event is held at the Thai Country Club and offers a prize fund of USD 1 million.

The Ryder Cup
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
1st to 3rd October 2010
Every two years, teams from the United States and Europe compete for the coveted trophy named after Samuel Ryder in an event co-administered by the European Tour and the PGA of America. The Ryder Cup alternates its location each year between the US and Europe, and has been running since 1927 when it was originally a tournament between golfers from the United States and the United Kingdom. However, the British side expanded to include greater Europe starting in 1979. The 2010 event will be held from 1st to 3rd October at the Celtic Manor Resort in the Welsh city of Newport.

WGC-HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
4th to 7th November 2010
The WGC-HSBC Champions tournament has been played since 2005. It is a men’s professional event played over a 72-hole Nelson and Haworth-designed course at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. "WGC" denotes a World Golf Championship, which is the status the tournament secured in 2009, making it the fourth event on the calendar of the International Federation of PGA Tours.

Barclays Singapore Open
Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
11th to 14th November 2010
With an impressive prize purse of USD 5 million, the Barclays Singapore Open is one of the richest tournaments on the Asian Tour. Played at Sentosa Golf Club on the south-eastern tip of the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa, the club offers two of the country’s most challenging courses known as the Serapong and the Tanjong.

UBS Hong Kong Open
The Hong Kong Golf Club, Hong Kong, China
18th to 21st November 2010
Co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, the UBS Hong Kong Open is held annually at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Sheung Shui. Typically held in mid-to-late autumn, the tournament offers a prize fund of USD 2.5 million and is played over 72 holes. After 36 holes are played, the field is cut to the leading 70 players.

Australian Open Championship
The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney, Australia
2nd to 5th December 2010
A men’s tournament played at The Lakes Golf Club a few minutes from downtown Sydney in New South Wales, the Australian Open is a respected event. The tournament offers a prize purse of AUD 1.5 million, and each year gives the champion the privilege of lifting the Stonehaven Cup.

Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, UAE
8th to 11th December 2010
The fourth richest and one of the fastest-growing events on the Ladies’ European Tour, the annual Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters presents a prize fund of EUR 500,000 and is played at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. The tournament is played on the club’s Al Majlis championship course and attracts leading professional female golfers from around the globe.

Australian PGA Championship
Hyatt Regency, Coolum, Australia
9th to 12th December 2010
A men’s golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australia, the Australian PGA Championship is held on the fairways of the Hyatt Regency in Coolum, Queensland. The prize fund for the tournament is AUD 1.5 million, and the winner is awarded the Joe Kirkwood Cup, named after the famous golfer and Sydney native.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, UAE 2011
An all-star event on the PGA European Tour since 1989, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic sees a leading international field of professional golfers tee off in pursuit of glory on the Al Majlis course of the Emirates Golf Club. Played annually in Dubai, the prize purse for the tournament is USD 2.5 million.

Emirates also sponsors several players, including 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, from Scotland; Kiwi star Michael Campbell - who won the 2005 US Open - and Dubai-based Scot Ross Bain. As Emirates Golf Ambassadors, they fly the flag for the Emirates brand at tournaments and help with various initiatives to promote and develop the airline's association with the sport around the world.