British qualifying ... in January? 

January, 22, 2006
01/22/06
10:41
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The European Tour just completed a tournament in Abu Dhabi, and the Royal & Ancient just concluded a British Open qualifier in South Africa. Old Tom Morris must be spinning in his grave.

The European foray into the Middle East really is no surprise. For years, the tour has gone outside of its boundaries to play events all around the world. There will be more events in China this year than there will be in Scotland, golf's ancestral home.

But the qualifier for the Open Championship being staged in South Africa is a bit much.

Bob Harig | email

Golf Writer, ESPN.com

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