Another fun weekend down in the books! Barr and I headed off to the European Golf – DP World Tour Championship here in Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates (I also went Thursday with some friends :))
The ladies enjoying day 1 of the tournament
Thursday held another special surprise: some storm clouds and a few drops of rain – something I havent seen in Dubai since we moved here two and half months ago…
Hold up…is that…could it be…a RAIN cloud?!? In Dubai!? Lo and behold: it WAS!
Friday, it was a Barr/Abby day. Now we’ve been to a number PGA and eGolf Tour events in the states over the past few years (our first date was actually the Wyndam Championship in Greensboro, NC back in 2005), but this was the first time attending a European Tour event for both of us. Verdict: a blast! The galleries were smaller, so you could get a lot closer to the action, and my personal favorite: beer wasnt the predominant alcoholic beverage served on the course: wine and Prosecco stands aplenty for the win! But all (semi) joking aside, the best part of the day in our opinions was hearing Ivor Robson announce the players on the first tee. Yall, I love watching the British Open each year pretty much solely to hear Ivor Robson announce each of the tour professionals’ names at the first tee – his voice is one of a kind! Tiiiiiger Wooooods!
Bucket list item, completed: the one, the only Ivor Robson
So after that excitement died down a bit (clearly I’m easily entertained), we enjoyed the cooler Dubai temps (only the mid 80s, but MUCH less humidity than we’ve experienced in the past few weeks) and the beautiful course. Barr actually made a very interesting comment when I said I wanted to capture the picture below: after he played Jumeirah Golf Estates on his first weekend in Dubai, he saw that view and remembered thinking, “This is such a desolate sight – look at all that sand and power lines!” Funny what two months will do to one’s perspective, as both he and I were quite taken with the juxtaposition of the desert against this golf oasis – I can’t fully describe what a sight Dubai is: this almost other worldly concrete jungle/beach haven/sometimes green oasis aside the desert, sprinkled with power lines; and to think, most of it didnt exist 20 years ago.
The lush Earth course, bumping up against the desert
But I digress…back to the golf!
We watched Rory, Henrik, Martin (sigh), Ian, Justin, Lee (man booty!), G-Mac…totally on a first name basis with all of them, obviously. And of course, the American in the field: Peter Uihlein.
Such a great day with this guy
You read it here: the UAE loves Jimenez!
Henrik Stenson dominated the field with 64’s on the second and final days, winning the European Tour Championship, on the heels of his FedEx Cup victory in the states…pretty good year, I’d say 🙂
On that note, wish me luck tomorrow; I’m joining a local ladies golf group here, playing my first round since this past summer in Charlotte – FORE! Until next time…
Such a geedy shot, courtesy 7DaysUAE