Morocco's Serghini hopes to use Dubai as springboard onto major tour

Wed 17 Dec 2014

Morocco's Serghini hopes to use Dubai as springboard onto major tour

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Dubai, December 17: Leading Moroccan golfer Faycal Serghini is hoping to use the inaugural Dubai Open as a springboard onto the Asian Development Tour and Asian Tour.
The 38-year-old Serghini, who is one of 24 players from the MENA Golf Tour competing at the Els Club Dubai this week, has finished runner-up on three occasions this year and believes he can eventually compete against the region’s best golfers.
“Have a good result this to have doors open to the ADT and even the Asian Tour,” said Serghini.
“Being able to play an Asian Tour event like this one, the Dubai Open, is a great way to get (world) ranking points and to qualify for the Olympics hopefully.”
The launch of the MENA Tour, which is the brainchild of golf in DUBAi Vice Chairman and CEO Mohamed Juma Bumaim, has provided the impetus for golfers in the region to shoot for the stars.
The likes of Serghini believes he has benefited from competing on a structured circuit and believes the way forward would be to play in events like the Dubai Open, which is making its debut as the final event of the 2014 season on the Asian Tour.
“I think we are getting there. We have a Moroccan winning a MENA Tour event which was the first Arab to win an international event. So I think we are getting there and it’s just a matter of time to see an Arab player playing on one of the main tours,” said Serghini.
He said it would take another four to five years for the Arab golfers to breakthrough onto one of the major tours like the Asian or European Tours.
“I would say four years to be realistic,”  he said. “ I think I have a good chance of making it onto one of the main tours but I’m thinking about the youngsters coming up. Ahmed Marjane is showing some really god golf. I see these kids, one of them getting up there soon."