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Com­peti­tors in the in­au­gu­ral Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Chal­lenge ex­pe­ri­enced ‘high tee’ with a dif­fer­ence, as they scaled Jebel Jais, the UAE’s high­est moun­tain, be­fore fir­ing a se­ries of drives into the rocky cav­erns of the Al Ha­jar moun­tains. Swe­den’s Joel Sjöholm, Nether­lands’ Jur­rian Van der Vaart and Monaco’s San­dro Pi­aget were a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres short of Jebel Jais’s 1,934m peak, but the trio showed no fear of heights as they took selfies and en­joyed a pic­nic in RAK’s tourist spot. Sjöholm, 31, said: “You can’t quite see Oman from here but it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to know this stretch of moun­tains link the fi­nal two tour­na­ments of the sea­son; stand­ing up here to­day has re­ally brought it home that we’re chas­ing end of sea­son hon­ours now.” The Ras Al Khaimah Golf Chal­lenge is the penul­ti­mate event of the year on the Chal­lenge Tour and will be fol­lowed by the sea­son-end­ing NBO Golf Clas­sic Grand Fi­nal in Mus­cat.

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