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Saturday, December 20, 2014

There's Golf This Week?

Yes, believe it or not, there's golf being played this week over in Dubai. The Asian Tour event -- which apparently isn't being televised here in the States -- is the inaugural Dubai Open.

Shiv Kapur

Shiv Kapur from India -- you may recognize his name, as he plays the European Tour a lot -- is tied for the lead at -7 with Thai golfer Pavit Tangkamolprasert after 2 rounds. There are a number of other Asian golfers near the lead whose names you might recognize, like Gaganjeet Bhullar and Prom Meesawat.

More familiar to American golf fans is Indian player Arjun Atwal, one of Tiger's close friends and also a PGA Tour winner -- of the Wyndham Championship, just about 30 minutes or so from where I live. Atwal is only one shot off the lead.

Some other names you might know -- players who made the cut but aren't particularly close to the lead -- include Darren Clarke, Jeev Milkha Singh, Daniel Chopra, Thaworn Wiratchant, Richard Finch, and Jbe Kruger.

Let's face it, the Asian Tour isn't big news here in America. (At least, not unless somebody like Bubba or Jordan Spieth is in the field, as they were in Japan a few weeks back.) GC may air a summary show sometime in the next week or two... or they may not; they're kinda hit-and-miss that way. Events like this often slip right under the radar, especially this close to a holiday like Christmas.

Still, if you're interested, you can read a summary of the second round here (the photo came from this article as well). You'll be able to find links to the latest articles on each round here at the Asian Tour homepage (there's also a link in my blog's sidebar under "Live Leaderboards") or you can go straight to the Dubai Open leaderboard at this link.

If you need a quick golf fix this weekend, this may be the only game in town.

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