When talk turns to golf's global future... which it often does these days... I immediately think of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
An amazing seventeen different nationalities were represented within the top twenty on the final round leaderboard... a group that included at least one player from every continent except... Antarctica! I wrote about the awesome event at length, because to me there was just so much about it that was exciting; the sparkling desert venue, the unique events taking place in conjunction with the tournament and of course, the stellar field. I wrote about the Middle Eastern golfers who were playing in the championship for the first time... I also wrote about the tensions that had arisen when Anthony Kim and other PGA Tour players opted to play in Abu Dhabi rather than at the Bob Hope Classic. ~ It looks like that particular issue might be back again in 2011.
Yesterday Phil Mickelson declared that he'd be making his first competitive appearance in the Middle East to play in the Abu Dhabi Championship in January. There'll probably be other US players making the same decision.
I'll keep you posted on that and on other events leading up to this fabulous tournament. I'm definitely looking forward to it.