We often comment on how the introduction of online sports gambling has extended the season for gambling fans who follow particular sports such as football and cricket, because they are now easily able to tap into games taking place during the southern hemisphere seasons, but some sports never seem to have much of a closed season. Golf is a good example, particularly the confusingly named European Tour. It has to be said that gambling on golf is not one of the biggest gambling activities in Ireland, but golf gambling has grown over recent years due mainly to the success of many of our home grown players. The European Tour is now a twelve month series of 48 tournaments played in 27 countries and 4 continents, culminating in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November. As golf gambling fans will know qualification for what is called the Race to Dubai is based on points accumulated throughout the year, with the top 60 golfers entering the Four Tournament Final Series. October is therefore an important month for those seeking qualification and is also a good indicator as to just how much golf is played nowadays. Fans of gambling on golf always seem to have a tournament to attract their attention, so let’s look at the final run-in in the Race to Dubai. Starting today is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, an unusual event because it is played over three different courses, the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbams, all in Scotland of course. Next up for golf gambling fans is the British Masters at Woburn, starting on the 8th October, the Portuguese Masters on the 15th and the final qualifying tournament of the year, the Hong Kong Open on the 22nd. At the moment Irish fans of gambling on golf have two players in the top ten European Tour rankings, namely Shane Lowry and of course Rory McIlroy. We wish them luck and hope to see them both play in Dubai.