x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Presidential appointment is the next step

To think that there are potentially three golf courses in a relatively small desert city, of good enough quality to stage a world class golf tournament, is mind-boggling.

Of the many announcements made yesterday regarding the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the one on a possible change of venue raised a few eyebrows.

It also raised the hopes of those at the Saadiyat Island course and Yas Links.

When the organisers were asked whether the tournament would ever be moved from Abu Dhabi Golf Club, it was clear that this was on the agenda.

Indeed, it transpired that the European Tour are currently having a close look at the emirate's other two major courses to see whether they are able to host a tour event, such as this championship.

Both are stunning venues and the people at Yas Links, recently voted into the top 100 courses in the world, have been making loud noises this year about wanting to do exactly this.

What we were told yesterday was that the organisers were "leaning towards a new home" and that an announcement of some sort would come after this January's event.

To think that there are potentially three golf courses in a relatively small desert city, of good enough quality to stage a world class golf tournament, is mind-boggling.

Nothing will quite match Formula One for razzmatazz and glamour, but golf in Abu Dhabi is not too far behind.

And in the week of the Presidents Cup, staged inteam (without Europe) take on the best from the USA, you can't help but feel this is an event that could also be heading to these shores.