Professional Golf: World Tours Unite

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner here in the good old USA, we will be complimenting our Turkey and Stuffing with a full schedule of Football. We can watch The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions while the bird is in the oven, and as we sit down to dinner,  the Cowboys and Redskins. When it’s just about the time for a turkey sandwich and a piece of pie, it will also be time for the New England Patriots to kick off to the New York Jets.

The rest of the world, who by the way, do not celebrate our holiday, will be tuning into the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, to see if Rory McIlroy can put the final cap on the 2012 season and win all of the marbles. A global audience of 850 million households will tune in to Jumeirah Golf Estates this week when Dubai welcomes the top 60 players on The European Tour.

Tour Productions will lay an extra 40 miles of cable on the Greg Norman designed Earth Course, so they can bring you every shot and putt. They have brought in over 80 tons of trucks, and broadcast equipment so we wont miss a single shot. Over 150 local and International media people will be added, as well as over 80 scorers and spotters.

Of course, you will have to set the alarm for 3 AM if you want to catch the action. The Golf Channel will start their coverage at 3 AM Eastern until a Golf Central break at 8 AM Eastern. They will offer a re-broadcast starting at 8:30 Eastern. If you just don’t have time to watch the broadcast, regular updates will be available on tour websites, and right here on RantSports.

Rory McIlroy leads the star studded field to Dubai, and is coming in on the heels of a terrible outing at the UBS Hong Kong Open where he missed the cut. The world is putting a lot of pressure on, waiting to see if the 23 year old from Northern Ireland can seal the deal. Can he live up to the hype on a world stage and become a formidble opponent for Tiger Woods?

With the world golf community merging into a single entity, the success of this event will go a long way to the eventual melding of all tours. This was the method used back in the late sixties to unite the old American Football League and the National Football League. Only when all participants are somewhat equal, can the merger take place.

With the PGA Tour being the Holy Grail of all golfers, and the European Tour continuing to lose star players to it, the merger needs to happen soon. It will be a challenge, but with the likes of China and the rest of the Far East opening markets, it needs to happen soon.


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