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Morocco to add to its ‘illustrious golfing heritage’ by hosting next month’s inaugural International Series tournament on Asian Tour

posted Oct 20, 2022, 9:17 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 20, 2022, 9:17 AM ]

October 19, 2022 – Rabat: World class international golf returns to Morocco next month with the Asian Tour’s ground-breaking International Series ready to make its debut in North Africa.

The International Series Morocco will be hosted at the historic Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in Rabat, from November 3-6, with free admission.

With prize money of US$1.5 million up for grabs, the event plays a key role in determining the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, as well as the International Series money list winner.

The International Series was launched earlier this year thanks to a new landmark partnership between the Asian Tour and LIV Golf to invigorate the game in Asia and the Middle East.

“This has been an unprecedented season and we were delighted to be able to announce exciting news about the Asian Tour’s first visit to North Africa in Morocco – with its illustrious golfing heritage,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour.

The inaugural International Series has had four events to date in 2022 with local star Taehoon Ok (International Series Korea) and Nitithorn Thippong (International Series Thailand) the winners back in August.

The International Series Thailand kicked off the series in March and was won by emerging American star Sihwan Kim at Black Mountain Golf Club. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent claimed the International Series England in June.

Alongside Asia’s stars, the field will include eight of the best homegrown Moroccan players who will be announced imminently.

“After 3 years of shutdown due to COVID-19, we are delighted to once again host a top-notch international professional competition,” said Abderrahim Bouftas, President of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

“It’s hugely exciting for Morocco to play host to the new International Series and a chance for us to see the very best and emerging talents from the Asian Tour and Moroccan golf. We are proud of our tradition and its prestigious history of Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. It’s a huge opportunity for the passionate Moroccan fan base here to see world class golf on the jewel in our crown here – The Red Course.”

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course was commissioned by King Hassan II in the late 1960s, early 1970s and is situated in the capital Rabat.

The venue has hosted many events of the European Tour, Ladies European Tour with Morocco also hosting PGA Champions events in recent times.

Hicham Berdaii, Director of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, said: “This is another important historic milestone for Royal Golf of Dar Es Salam as we host the inaugural International Series Morocco tournament. We are hugely looking forward to opening our doors for all with admission free for spectators. We want to inspire even more people locally to get into golf and for the world to see what incredible courses Morocco has on offer. With a new purpose-built spectator village at the venue, we look to hosting families, friends, golf fans and our members to enjoy an exciting new event on the golfing calendar.”

After Morocco, the International Series Egypt takes place the following week at Madinaty Golf Club, in Cairo, from November 10-13.