Road to Dubai golf and F1 in Abu Dhabi

Columnist Tom Bushell on golf, F1 and best wishes for Bruno Metsu


Luke Donald last year took all the plaudits in golf’s DP World Tour Championship as he became the first man to top the Order of Merit on both sides of the Atlantic. If you remember though, Spaniard Alvaro Quiros was the man that won the championship in Dubai and that rounded off a superb season which began with another win in Dubai, the Desert Classic. Bravo, Mr Quiros. You have so much to look forward to, a Ryder Cup and powering up through the rankings. But add a change to his swing in there, and all of a sudden things didn’t pan out quite as well as you’d hoped. As it stands, Quiros may miss out on defending his own title as he currently sits outside the 60 who qualify for the Dubai event.

Needless to say, there’s a big F1 event in the capital this weekend. Abu Dhabi is now into its fourth year, and, after a chat with Eddie Jordan (owner of Jordan Grand Prix) and Natalie Pinkham (the Sky Sports pit lane reporter) this week, it’s clear that Abu Dhabi is in the top three of the pundits’ favourite destinations for the F1 circus. Why do they love it? Because it’s so well organised (and the food is second to none). Jenson Button (McLaren) has never failed to be on the podium in Abu Dhabi, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) has won two of the last three races... It will be a massive, massive weekend.

To the Pro-League, and let us offer our support to Bruno Metsu. Appointed Al Wasl manager in the summer replacing Diego Maradona, after seeing his Al Wasl side get off to a great start to the 2012/13 campaign, the Frenchman has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and therefore has stood down as coach. We wish him a speedy recovery.

One more thing: Australian Dubai resident Doris Matlok has just finished the Sahara Race in Egypt (which started on October 25). She’s effectively run a marathon every day, covering a total distance of 250km. Her run will raise money for Bipolar and Depression in the UAE. Find out more at Well done, Doris!

And another thing…

It seems that local football is becoming that little bit more accessible to English-speaking fans: the Etisalat Pro League fifth-round match between Al Jazira and Al Ain (9pm, Monday October 29) was the first to be broadcast with English commentary on ADSC EXTRA. A good move, considering how widely English is spoken here.

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