In January, as most of the journeyman PGA Golfers will pack their lunch pails and book flights to Hawaii, the elite board Private Jets, and head for the Middle East. After all, that is where the big bucks are, and that’s why they own Private Jets. With a healthy Tiger Woods and a rested Rory McIlroy both committing to play at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, in January, this should be a grand kick off to the 2013 Professional Golf season.
The PGA, Television Networks and fans around the world have to be waiting in anticipation for the new season to begin. This will be the first time since the 2008 US Open that Tiger Woods will be ready to take the field as the season starts, with a game that isn’t yet 100%, but as we all know, an 80% Tiger Woods is still very good. The 2013 season should have the one thing that has been missing for over a decade, a legitimate challenger in Rory McIlroy.
The Abu Dhabi Championship gets underway on January 17th, and runs through the 20th. It is played on the course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which is a par 72, 7600 yard layout located 15 minutes from downtown, and has seven saltwater lakes. It was opened in 2000, and designed by Peter Harradine.
Robert Rock from England is your defending champion. As you might remember, the 35 year old shot a final round 70 to finish -13 under par, beating Rory McIlroy by one stroke. Admitting that he was somewhat starry eyed, as he played with Tiger Woods in the final round, but was able to come away with the victory. Woods was looking to end a two year win-less streak, but finished third.