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Pavan leads the way as entries close for National Bank of Oman Golf Classic

October 16, 2013

With the final entries of the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic now closed, awaiting the remaining qualifiers from the Foshan Open, the field for Oman's first European Challenge Tour event - taking place at Almouj Golf The Wave, Muscat from October 24-27 - has become one of the most outstanding and competitive of the season.

Due to the support and initiatives of the National Bank of Oman, the tournament has drawn players from all around the Middle East to take on the 'Stars of Tomorrow' on the Challenge Tour.

More than 25 different countries are represented in the field as the Challenge Tour celebrates its 25 th anniversary with players coming from Korea to Finland and from the USA to Portugal.

The first professional tournament to be played in Oman, and the first Challenge Tour event to be held in the GCC, will headed by Italy's Andrea Pavan, a three-time winner on the Tour. The Roman leads a four-strong contingent of Italians that includes Marco Crespi, winner of the Mugello Tuscany Open in July, Andrea Rota and Nicola Ravano. "I've heard so much about the Greg Norman course at The Wave and about Oman, I can't wait to tee off," says Pavan. "It's one of the season's big events and I know the pressure will be on me to perform well."

Hot on the heels of Pavan on the Challenge Tour Rankings is Holland's Daan Huizing, a two-times winner on the Tour with two additional top five finishes this season. He is joined by fellow countrymen, Tim Sluiter and Wil Besseling. Just a few Euros behind Huizing on the Rankings is Spain's Adrian Otaegui, one of the most consistent players of the Challenge Tour season, but still without a win.

Francois Calmels is a two-times winner this season and currently sits ninth in the Rankings, one place behind Victor Riu, among nine Frenchmen in the field.

The world-class line-up also includes: eight-times winner on the European Senior Tour Bill Longmuir, former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson; Michael Jonzon, a two-times European Tour winner and two-times Challenge Tour winner; Welshman Stephen Dodd and England's Nick Dougherty, with three European Tour titles to their credit; Argentina's Daniel Vancsik, a two-times European Tour winner; Welshman Rhys Davies, Austria's Markus Brier and Denmark's Jeppe Huldahl - all European Tour winners. England's Garrick Porteous joins the stellar field as 2013 British Amateur Champion.

Below are details of the final entries with 12 additional players to make up the full field to 114 players, which includes 1 winner of the Foshan Open; 1 Challenge Tour invite; 5 cat. 95 players from the Challenge Tour Rankings not otherwise exempt; 5 cat. 98 from top 10 of Foshan Open:

Entries in Category 0a The leading 30 players from the European Challenge Tour Rankings as at Monday 23rd September.

1 Andrea PAVAN ITA

2 Daan HUIZING NED

3 Adrian OTAEGUI ESP

4 Johan CARLSSON SWE

5 José-Filipe LIMA POR

6 Sihwan KIM KOR

7 Victor RIU FRA

8 François CALMELS FRA

9 Robert DINWIDDIE ENG

10 Marco CRESPI ITA

11 Jordi GARCIA PINTO ESP

12 Jens DANTORP SWE

13 Duncan STEWART SCO

14 Tyrrell HATTON ENG

15 Roope KAKKO FIN

16 Stuart MANLEY WAL

17 Tim SLUITER NED

18 Agustin DOMINGO ESP

19 Daniel IM USA

20 Jens FAHRBRING SWE

21 Edouard DUBOIS FRA

22 Sam WALKER ENG

23 Dylan FRITTELLI RSA

24 Byeong-hun AN KOR

25 Brinson PAOLINI USA

26 Andrew McARTHUR SCO

27 Daniel GAUNT AUS

28 Jamie McLEARY SCO

Entries in Category 2 Challenge Tour Invitations

29 Niklas LEMKE SWE

30 Alvaro VELASCO ESP

31 Andrea ROTA ITA

32 Lucas BJERREGAARD DEN

Entries in Category 3 Nationals/Regional Orders of Merit

33 Nathan KIMSEY (AM) ENG

34 Gareth SHAW NIR

35 Paul MADDY ENG

36 Julien GUERRIER FRA

37 Jerome LANDO CASANOVA FRA

38 Jamie ABBOTT ENG

39 Bill LONGMUIR SCO

40 Jake SHEPHERD ENG

41 Ahmed AL MUSHAREK UAE

42 Knut BORSHEIM NOR

43 Jay TOWNSEND AUS

44 David TAYLOR ENG

45 Alan DUNBAR NIR

46 Brandon STONE RSA

47 Pontus WIDEGREN SWE

48 Jamie MOUL ENG

49 Matt FORD ENG

50 Nacho ELVIRA ESP

51 Damian ULRICH SUI

52 Tapio PULKKANEN FIN

53 Luis CLAVERIE ESP

54 Ali HAMEED (AM) OMA

55 Azaan AL RUMHY (AM) OMA

56 Saleh AL KAABI (AM) QAT

57 Ghanim AL KUWARI (AM) QAT

58 Hamad MUBARAK (AM) BRN

59 Taymour SCARELLO (AM) EGY

60 Faisal Mohammed ALSALHAB (AM) OMA

61 Garrick PORTEOUS (AM) ENG

62 Peter STOJANOVSKI (AM) AUS

Entries in Category 4 Re-Rank of players in category 4,4a,4b,4c,4d

63 Moritz LAMPERT GER

64 Lasse JENSEN DEN

65 Anthony SNOBECK FRA

66 Daniel BROOKS ENG

67 Michael JONZON SWE

68 Scott ARNOLD AUS

69 Callum MACAULAY SCO

70 Carlos DEL MORAL ESP

71 Peter EROFEJEFF FIN

72 Guillaume CAMBIS FRA

Entries in Category 4c Players finishing within positions 17-21 on the final 2012 Challenge Tour Rankings

73 Gary STAL FRA

Entries in Category 5 120-155 from the 2012 European Tour Order of Merit

74 Rhys DAVIES WAL

75 Gary BOYD ENG

76 Jamie ELSON ENG

77 Andrew MARSHALL ENG

78 Oliver WILSON ENG

79 Markus BRIER AUT

80 George MURRAY SCO

Entries in Category 6 22-46 from final 2012 Challenge Tour Rankings

81 Raymond RUSSELL SCO

82 HP BACHER AUT

83 Phillip ARCHER ENG

84 Daniel VANCSIK ARG

85 Wil BESSELING NED

86 Carlos AGUILAR ESP

87 Nick DOUGHERTY ENG

88 Jeppe HULDAHL DEN

89 Steven TILEY ENG

Entries in Category 7 Players below 28 and ties at the 2012 European Tour Qualifying School

90 David GRIFFITHS ENG

91 Jason BARNES ENG

92 Jason TIMMIS ENG

93 James RUTH ENG

94 Dodge KEMMER USA

95 Sam HUTSBY ENG

96 Christophe BRAZILLIER FRA

97 Tom MURRAY ENG

98 Stephen DODD WAL

99 Max GLAUERT GER

100 Terry PILKADARIS AUS

101 Nicolo RAVANO ITA

102 Åke NILSSON SWE






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