Hojgaard and Elvira new leaders in Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, after the second round of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, with a total of 130 (-14) shots, the Dane Rasmus Hojgaard (66 64) and the Spaniard Manuel Elvira (68 62), share the top of the rankings

by Andrea Gussoni
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Hojgaard and Elvira new leaders in Emirates
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In the United Arab Emirates, after the second round of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, with a total of 130 (-14) shots, the Dane Rasmus Hojgaard (66 64) and the Spaniard Manuel Elvira (68 62), share the top of the rankings.

Emirates, results

In the DP World Tour tournament, which is played on the course of the Al Hamra Golf Club (par 72) in Ras Al Khaimah, the two leaders are closely followed by the Englishman Callum Shinkwin, alone in the lead at the end of the first round, and by the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, both 3/s with 131 (-13).

Among the Azzurri, both Guido Migliozzi (71 67) and Francesco Laporta (72 66) gain positions, both 36/i with 138 (-6) ahead of Lorenzo Scalise, 65/o with 141 (-3). The Vicenza native Migliozzi, with a 67 (-5) for the day supported by five birdies, without bogey, moved up from 67th place.

While the Apulian Laporta, with a bogey free 66 (-6), the result of six birdies, gained as many as fifty positions. Instead, they made the cut: Edoardo Molinari, 90/o with 143 (-1), Andrea Pavan and Filippo Celli, 106/i with 145 (+1), Matteo Manassero, 113/o with 146 (+2).

Also eliminated, 130/o with 152 (+8), the Englishman Daniel Gavins, winner of the tournament in 2023. The United Arab Emirates (EAU for short) was formed by a group of sheikhs from the Arabian Peninsula, along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf and the northwestern coast of the Gulf of Oman.

The area welcomed Islam in the 7th century. Later, during the 16th century, part of the area came under the direct influence of the Ottoman Empire. Since then the region has been known as the "Pirate Coast" due to the predatory activity of the coastal populations; another activity of the population was the collection of pearls.

In 1820 a first peace treaty was signed by the United Kingdom with all the sheikhs of the coast. In May 1853 the sheikhs signed a new treaty with the United Kingdom, which took charge of military protection and settling disputes between the sheikhs themselves; the "Trucial States" thus became a protectorate of the United Kingdom.

For example, in 1955, the United Kingdom supported Abu Dhabi in its dispute with Oman over the al-Buraymi oasis and other territory to the south. In 1968 the United Kingdom announced its decision, reaffirmed in March 1971, to end treaty relations with the seven states which were, together with Bahrain and Qatar, under British protection.

Bahrain became independent in August of the same year, Qatar in September and the seven emirates on 1 December 1971, the official date of expiry of the treaty. The nine countries attempted to form a union of Arab emirates, but failed.

On December 2, 1971, six of them established a political union called the United Arab Emirates; the seventh, Raʾs al-Khayma, joined in early 1972.

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