Bahrain pro-celebrity golf event gets green light

Inaugural Bahrain Invitational tournament taking place despite continuing civil unrest
Bahrain pro-celebrity golf event gets green light
Colin Montgomerie will be among the stars featured at the event. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 13 Apr 2012 03:48 PM

The inaugural Bahrain Invitational golf tournament will go ahead this weekend despite civil unrest in the country.

Organisers IMG have confirmed that everyone due to be involved in the inaugural event will still be taking part.

A spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "We are looking forward to welcoming all the participants to the Bahrain Invitational and safety around the event is assured."

Among those attending are golfing pros Paul Casey, Colin Montgomerie and Thomas Bjorn, who will face-off over 18 holes, and will be joined by retired UK tennis player Tim Henman, American soccer star Joe Montana, and football aces Gianluca Vialli and Ruud Gullit.

The event, which is taking place at the Royal Golf Club’s Montgomerie Course, has been organised by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC).

Casey, who won last year's Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain, told the BBC: "I'm very excited to be returning to Bahrain, a place where I've achieved great success in the past. The Montgomerie Course is a fantastic one to play on and the Bahraini people are always so welcoming."

Violence between protesters and security forces has continued to happen on Bahrain's streets this year after unrest during the 2011 Arab Spring led to last year's F1 Bahrain GP being cancelled.

Bahrain was forced to scrap its premier European Tour golf event, due to be held in January, in the wake of the political unrest.

The Volvo Golf Champions event, which is part of the European Tour’s ‘Desert Swing’ in the Gulf states, was held for the first time in 2011.

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