Shepherd eyes another Dubai Creek title
English golfer Jake Shepherd believes his dramatic win in 2015 will serve him well when he returns to defend his title at the Dubai Creek Open, starting on Monday, September 5.
The 25-year-old defeated India’s Rayhan Thomas and Austria’s Florian Praegant in a three-way play-off at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club last year for his second victory on the MENA Golf Tour.
“Even though I haven’t played a lot this season, I feel like my game is in good shape technically,” said Shepherd, who topped the tour’s Order of Merit in 2011.
“It’s a just question of sharpening everything up like shaping the ball and distance control.
“I have really good memories from the Creek last year and it would be great to give myself another chance at winning come Wednesday afternoon.”
Shepherd will have his work cut out competing against a formidable field that includes the likes of his fellow Englishmen Zane Scotland, Lee Corfield and Luke Joy - all multiple winners on the tour - and Danny Poulter, brother of Ryder Cup hero Ian, who will be making his first appearance on the tour.
Fresh off winning the Scottish Boys’ Open Stroke Play title in July, the UAE’s No. 1 amateur Rayhan Thomas will spearhead the amateur division.
The UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh will also feature after returning to the tour following his national service. See more at 7DAYS.ae/sports