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The trickle has started

 

News to make Tim Finchem and the boys quake in their boots is that two of his biggest non-Tiger drawcards, Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas, have signed up to play on the European Tour next season – hoping to cash in on the mega-bucks Race to Dubai. This could only be the trickle before the deluge as players take advantage of the massive amounts of money being pumped into the European Tour by the oil rich nations such as Dubai. The 23-year-old Kim, who has shot up to No 8 in the world ranking, paid the 2 000 membership fee but will have to rely on sponsors invitations in order to get into events, although something tells us this won’t be a problem. He is scheduled to kickstart his campaign in the HSBC Championships in Shanghai from November 6-9. Camilo Villegas of Colombia has also been confirmed as having paid the fee, meaning both players can feature in next season’s Dubai World Championships, a $10 million tournament that will replace the Volvo Masters as the season finale to determine the tour’s leading player. Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir are two other players who are keen to spend more time across the Atlantic, although Sergio Garcia reckons heaps more will be on their way. “Some of the tournaments we play in the Middle East are bigger than the ones they play in the US. You get good players there, so world rankings points increase,” Garcia said. “At the end of the day, that’s what the big players do it for.”

 


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