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Night time golf in Dubai

Finland's Ursula Wikstrom plays a shot during day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on May 1, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)
Finland's Ursula Wikstrom plays a shot during day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on May 1, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

DUBAI (AFP) – Women’s golf broke new ground on Wednesday by staging the world’s first professional day-night tournament, leaving one player fearing she may need glasses and a fair-skinned rival happy to have discarded the sun cream.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire led the Dubai Moonlight Classic, part of the Ladies European Tour, with a course record eight-under-par 64 on an Emirates Golf Club course designed by Nick Faldo with floodlights an integral part of the design.

Finland's Ursula Wikstrom plays a shot during day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on May 1, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)
Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom plays a shot during day one of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on May 1, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Maguire carded nine birdies and one bogey, completing her evening round by making a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th under the LED lights set against the glittering Dubai Marina skyline.

“It seems like night golf suits me. I can’t really complain,” said Maguire.

Fair-skinned Kylie Henry, one of a group of players tied for seventh on three-under-par, played in the morning on Wednesday but said she was looking forward to trying night-golf in the second round.

“I’m excited. For me especially, I’ll be glad I don’t need to keep re-applying sun cream once it gets dark, so that will be good,” she said.

Sarah Kemp felt she may need to make some adjustments for Thursday.

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