What a week it has been, yet again… I have started to write this last wrap up comment for the Dubai World Championship just as Martin Kaymer has finished top of the order of merit winning the Race to Dubai. The actual tournament is about to come to a dramatic climax on the 18th just as I am typing these few words. Karlsson has come back strong after a poor second round to just come in on -14. Meanwhile, Poulter is on the 18th tied on the same score, thrilling stuff and the crowds are loving it! I need to rush back out there to see who will steal the show.
Just came back into the media centre hot seat after sending a few tweets out on the 18th green as Poulter missed a tournament winning birdie chance. Both him and Karlsson have gone back down to the the tee to start the sudden death play-off, this will certainly put the Earth course to the test…
It’s now all over and I have been back and forward from the media center to watch the 2 play-off holes on the 18th here at the Earth Course. After a second play-off hole it’s finally over, Karlsson stayed strong and hit his shot close into the flag and Poulter was short. There was an extra twist in this tale, it turned out that Poulter was given a penalty shot on the green which further hampered his winning effort.
Meanwhile, a composed Kaymer won the Race to Dubai order of Merit humbly accepted his prize and award saying he has already set targets for next year, an ominous thought for the rest of the European Golfers as the German is potentially going to be around for many years and wants to dominate.
It was a privilege again to be part of the whole project from Tuesday, playing my small part in the media cog wheel. It certainly was a dramatic end to a wonderful 2nd DWC at Jumeirah Golf Estates. I hope you all enjoyed my coverage whether you was here, at work or watching on the global TV coverage.
Earlier in the day the European Tour confirmed that next years’ event will be at the same Jumeirah course and venue, although in early December a little later. There were some heavy suggestions that other places are potentially interested in hosting the end of season finale after Dubai’s 3 year run. The mentioning of Abu Dhabi and the 2 new courses there was prominent. We shall have to watch that space, but can you imagine 2012 at Yas Links in the Race to Abu Dhabi or Emirates? A very interesting thought and there maybe something in that.
I would like to thank you for all your support and to Jumeirah for there hospitality throughout the event.
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