Bahrain added to European Tour schedule
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The European Tour has added a tournament in Bahrain to its schedule, bringing to five the number of events it will hold next year in the Middle East.
The tour Tuesday announced it will hold the Volvo Tournament of Champions in Bahrain, a $2.2-million event from Jan. 27-30 at the Royal Golf Club. The field will mostly feature players who have won previously on the European Tour.
Along with the Bahrain tournament, there will be a European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, two in Dubai and one in Qatar.
Sheik Mohammed bin Essa al-Khalifa, chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, called the tournament "big news for us" and said it would give the country an economic boost.