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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Final European Tour Event of the Season

Before I get on with the post... In case you hadn't heard, the LPGA has named the new sponsor for their first major of the year, formerly called the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It will now be known as the ANA Inspiration, will be sponsored by All Nippon Airways (one of Japan's largest airline companies, which now becomes the official airline of the LPGA), and will still be played at the same course in Rancho Mirage CA. You can read more details in this article from The Desert Sun.

Rory, Henrik and Justin with HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

It's finally here. It may be a bit anticlimactic -- after all, Rory pretty much had the Race to Dubai locked up a couple of weeks ago -- but there's still a trophy, some big bucks, and serious bragging rights up for grabs at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Most of the big names are there, so you'll get to see many of your favorite players from around the world. Everybody from Rory and Henrik and Justin to Lee Westwood and "the Most Interesting Golfer in the World" is teeing it up. According to europeantour.com, there are 21 different countries represented.

There are only two Americans there, but both are Tour winners -- David Lipsky won the Omega European Masters earlier this year, and of course Brooks Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open just this past week. (Bear in mind that only 29 of the 60 players in the field won this year, so that's saying something.) Koepka is also one of the only two rookies to make the event.

GC begins 5-hour coverage in the middle of the night tonight (that's super-early on Thursday morning) for those of us here in the USA at 3am ET. If you're like me and have no intentions of staying up that late, you can catch a shorter version at a more normal 10am ET Thursday morning. ;-)

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