The Ladies European Tour is pushing the envelope of high-level competitive golf this week, playing under the lights in the United Arab Emirates.
At this week's Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, the 54-hole event will feature the first two rounds played on Wednesday and Thursday, with the latter stages of the afternoon wave being played under the LED flood lights on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club. Each pro will play at least nine holes of one of the opening rounds under the lights. The 56-player tournament is a pro-am format, with each pro going off with three amateurs.
“It’s really exciting," said Amy Boulden, according to the LET. "I’ve played night golf before, in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi, but not in a tournament. I think we’ll all have fun playing under the lights and I think Dubai is the perfect place to do it. It’s going to be a great test and I think everybody will have great fun."
No cut will be made after 36 holes, with the final round being played Friday during the day, without amateurs, to determine a champion.
Some of the players will have to make some adjustments to get ready to play under the lights, include those who struggle to see well at night.
"I've never played night golf before," said Sarah Kemp of Australia after Round 1 during the daytime. "My eyes aren't that great, so I have some glasses & I think I may have to bring them out! It's going to be fun."