Friday, 20 November 2009

I thought these guys were rich? They can't even knock a few houses together...

When the players showed up for the showcase event of the year, at the Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, for the pinnacle of the Race to Dubai - to contest for what will be the most richly awarded prize in European Golfing history - they may have wondered quite where the money was going to be produced from. Even the richest parts of the world have found these credit crunch times difficult it seems, as the luxury courseside homes meant to have been snapped up by rich westerners to entertain their chums during the event remain in various states of completion - it's one of the most expensive of building sites you'll ever come across. Not the opulent surroundings that the organisers would have been anticipating they would present to the world. As an indicator of just how behind schedule and underfunded the event has become, grandiose plans for the Earth course being played on this week to be joined with Wind, Air and Fire courses have been shelved, only Fire is thought to remain a possibility of ever being actually made.

The lake feature beside the 6th hole is said to stink to high heaven, which begs the question how can a country - lets not forget the entire season long Order of Merit has been renamed the Race to Dubai by virtue of this tournament - a country which in 18 months built the most spectacular venue for the season ending Formula one race, including a marina, a track spanning Hotel which changes colour and the immense Ferrari World theme park on Yas Island which was so breathtaking in scale I couldn't quite believe it was real. Look at the pictures. Is this why the Race to Dubai has been left looking like it's finished a bit soon? The audience for an F1 race is worldwide and massive and I think I know where the priority may have lay. It seems to me to be a bit of a kick in the teeth for the European tour that things have been left in this state for what was to be the Flagship event.

Fortunately, no matter what state the course surroundings are in, the course is up to scratch and the main men have shown up, McIlroy and Westwood are going at it hammer and tongs over the first two rounds, and it appears that they're going to give the organisers a script which may make up for any shortcomings on the luxury villa side of things...

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