Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship

Tom Bushell talks golf and limbers up for sailing action next year


All eyes will be on Irish golfing champ Rory McIlroy this weekend. He’s won the Race to Dubai, of course, and his four rounds around the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates will be a celebration of his remarkable season. There is, however, someone else to watch – someone who could well be better than the world number one. Matteo Manassero is performing better at the age of 19 than McIlroy did. The Italian is fresh from a win in Singapore, which was his third European Tour triumph. McIlroy had not achieved such highs at that age. In fact, Manassero became the youngest player ever to win a European Tour event when he took home the Castello Masters in 2010. Whatever you do this weekend, go and watch Matteo.

If he continues at this pace, he will soon be a huge name in golf. (By the way, he’s also golf ambassador for Abu Dhabi.) Now, let’s look ahead to February next year, when the sailing conditions will be spectacular. The third edition of Sailing Arabia: The Tour will take place across two weeks starting on February 10 2013, during which local and international teams will compete in a sailing race in the Gulf. Starting in Bahrain, passing through Qatar, Abu Dhabi, RAK, Dibba and onwards to the finish in Muscat, it’s easy to watch and may well even inspire a little weekend away to a port destination. As it stands, teams from France and across the Gulf will be sailing the Farr 30 boats, with more likely to be added. Stay tuned.
Tom Bushell hosts Sport On 7 on City 7 TV (Mon 8pm) and is Arabian Radio Network’s head of sport.

And another thing…

A round of applause for Dubai Sports Council and Etisalat Academy for organising the first ever badminton festival in Dubai. More than 400 participants are taking part in a bid to encourage a better, healthier lifestyle through the sport of badminton – it’s certainly better than sitting on the couch with a Wii controller.

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