THE Bahrain Open will be held at the Royal Golf Course from February 23 to 26 as per a new-look schedule accounted by the Mena Tour by Arena.
The Bahrain event carries a prize fund of $75,000.
The schedule for 2020 is condensed to first four months of the year and unveils a number of exciting new events.
The season will kick off with the two stages of Qualifying School (starting January 20-23 and January 26-29) at Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan, which remains the Destination Partner of the Tour and hosts a further three full-field events.
This includes the season-ending Arena Championship (April 19-23), which will become the first tournament on the Tour to be played over 72 holes since the 2017 Mena Championship.
The first full-field event, Journey To Jordan #1 (February 2-5), tees off at Ayla Golf Club immediately after the Qualifying Schools, which will see a minimum of 30 players from each stage securing their cards for the season.
Entries for the Qualifying School will open on November 1, 2019.
“There are two very good reasons why we decided to have the Tour schedule packed in one continuous stretch rather than have two legs in spring and autumn,” said David Spencer, Strategic Advisor to the Tour, explaining the rationale behind the new schedule.
An interesting part of the schedule is the introduction of two new multi-course tournaments – the Northern Emirates Open, to be held at Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah, and the Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman; and The Triple Crown in Abu Dhabi, which will be played at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach and Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
The season-ending Arena Championship will feature an increased prize fund of $125,000.
It will also become a full-field event for the first time in the history of the Mena Tour, providing players with increased playing opportunities and increased Official World Golf Ranking points (five points to the winner as it become a four-round event).
The MENA Tour by Arena continues to provide Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, thus making it a perfect pathway for ambitious young professional to the bigger tours, and for the players from the region to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
2020 schedule: January 20-23: Qualifying School A at Ayla GC, Aqaba, Jordan (prize fund $6,000). January 26-29: Qualifying School B at Ayla GC, Aqaba, Jordan ($6,000). February 2-5: Journey to Jordan #1 at Ayla GC, Aqaba, Jordan ($75,000). February 10-13: The Muscat Open at Muscat Hills GC, Muscat, Oman ($75,000). February 16-19: The Ghala Open Ghala GC, Muscat, Oman ($75,000). February 23-26: The Bahrain Open at Royal GC, Bahrain ($75,000). March 1-4: Journey to Jordan #2 at Ayla GC, Aqaba, Jordan ($75,000). March 15-18: The Triple Crown at Yas Links, Abu Dhabi, UAE ($75,000). Saadiyat Beach GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE at Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE. March 22-25: MENA Tour by Arena Invitational ProAm (TBA), UAE (TBA). March 29-April 1: Ras Al Khaimah Open at Tower Links GC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE ($75,000). April 5-8: Northern Emirates Open at Al Hamra GC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE ($75,000). Al Zorah GC, Ajman, UAE. April 12-15: The Saudi Classic at Royal Greens GC, KAEC, Saudi Arabia ($75,000). April 19-23: The Arena Championship at Ayla GC, Aqaba, Jordan ($125,000).