The past few weeks have brought us compelling golf... and entertaining golf stories... from all corners of the earth.
China inaugurated the celebrity-studded Mission Hills Star Trophy in Hainan and welcomed a stellar field of the world's top players to Shanghai, for the WGC- HSBC Champions. Many of those stars then went on to play in Singapore or Australia, and some are now enroute to Hong Kong. Tiger Woods even squeezed in a charity event in Thailand along the way.
South Korea, Malaysia and Japan. This past week some headed to India while others jetted to Mexico.
Looking forward, the Middle East beckons, with the European Tour's Dubai World Championship and the LET's Dubai Ladies Masters both upcoming.
"Global Golf" has officially become a buzz-phrase, and top players are making unexpected choices as to where they'll play in the future. Talk of an all-inclusive global golf tour is being heard more frequently as well. Which brings me to John Daly... and a young man by the name of Alihan Afşar.
Like other professional golfers JD is traveling extensively these days. While many US golfers played in Singapore, Australia and Orlando last week, Daly took his multi-chromatic, LoudMouth trousers to Antalya, Turkey for 2010 Beko Classic Pro-Am.
"antalya walked with john daly".
The perfect balance of greatness and fallibility.
His delightful girlfriend Anna is almost always with him. She's beautiful, has an amazing sense of humor and takes care of most of the photography duties on their global golf adventures. Anna is an awesome Ambassadoress.
The couple is in Hong Kong now where John will play in the Hong Kong Open then it's on to Australia for the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship. Meanwhile back in Turkey Alihan Afşar will be inspired by his memories of a day spent on the golf course with the affable golf ambassador.