Shep­herd eyes another Dubai Creek ti­tle

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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

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