By Ben Jacobs
Golf legend says 'no need to worry' about Gulf state’s European Tour event in January
Golf legend Colin Montgomerie is confident that Bahrain’s European Tour event will take place later next year, despite the unrest that has affected the Gulf state.
The tournament is due to kick off the European Tour season in 2012 in an exclusive winners-only event.
“We are only in April here, so there's 10 months to go,” Montgomery said. “I hear the Grand Prix is on towards the end of the year, and we follow on from that four or five months later, so if that goes ahead I don't think there is any need to worry.”
Bahrain hosted its first European Tour event in January this year. The Gulf features four tournaments, packaged as the Tour’s Desert Swing.
Montgomerie admitted that the unrest in Bahrain was a matter of concern, but expressed hope that by the time the tournament is due to be hosted in January next year, the unrest will be resolved.
“I am concerned about the situation in Bahrain, but it is too early to talk about the future of the Bahrain tournament next year,” Montgomery said. “We all hope the unrest will come to an end and peace in the region will suffice once again.”
The Volvo Golf Champions event in Bahrain is played on a course designed by Montgomerie at the Royal Golf Club in Manama.
The Scottish golfer also said that the Tour was seeking to add further events in the Gulf.
“When I see an aerial photo of the famous green oasis that is Emirates Golf Club back then, standing alone in the middle of the desert, it is funny what has changed since then [the 1980s] and how Dubai has become a global destination,” Montgomerie said.
“We now have four tournaments here in the Middle East and we're looking to making that more and more. The more the merrier.”For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.