Around the wider world of golf: Nothing to report this week that I'm aware of.
While a Darren Clarke win at the Asian Tour's Dubai Open would have been a surprise, it probably wouldn't be a bigger surprise than Arjun Atwal's win. Arjun hasn't played a full schedule on the PGA Tour since 2012... but even counting that season, he's missed the cut in more than half of his starts.
Some of that can be attributed to health problems. Arjun has had back and hip problems for at least the last two years. In 2014 he had only 4 starts on the PGA Tour (he missed 3 cuts) and one start on the European Tour (he missed that cut as well).
But this week -- this week -- in Dubai he played much better. After a slow start with a 73 he posted rounds of 65, 68 and 66 to finish at -16. He beat 19-year-old Wang Jeung-hun by a single stroke, posting a birdie on the par-5 18th when Wang could post no better than bogey.
It was Arjun's first win since his only PGA Tour win, at the 2010 Wyndham Championship.
Christmas is going to be a lot brighter for Arjun Atwal this year because he gets a nice shiny Limerick Summary to place under his tree. (Well, the win -- and prize money -- probably feels pretty good too.) Perhaps this is the harbinger of a brighter 2015 to come. Merry Christmas, Arjun!
Arjun Atwal brings much Christmas cheerThe photo came from the tournament wrap-up page at asiantour.com.
From Dubai’s final tourney this year.
Over there, he was hot
Though at home, he was not.
Could this win get his season in gear?