The European Tour is in Saudi Arabia this week for the Saudi International.

The field includes plenty of American stars as well; names like Phil Mickelson, world #1 Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau (no stranger to controversy) and Patrick Reed (controversy’s best friend) making the trip.

Unfortunately for the crown jewel event for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City, there was a massive rainstorm that disrupted play for a few hours, which is certainly not what you’d expect to have happen in a desert.

That led to a suspension of play for what were deemed to be dangerous conditions:

To be clear, no one is arguing that the weather conditions were appropriate for golf.

If the camels are laying down, it’s probably wise to not play golf for a while.

Here’s the irony, though: the dangerous weather situation was enough to cause the European Tour to halt play for a while. Not enough to halt play for a while: the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ordering the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. That wasn’t a problem for the European Tour, the various regular players, and Americans making huge money in appearance fees to make the trip for the event, ever since it happened.

That’s along with the many other regressive elements of the Saudi government.

Anyway, the rain eventually stopped, as it typically does in a desert.

Thank god the incredibly dangerous light rain storm dissipated so players could get back to the safe confines of Saudi Arabia, where I’d be in jeopardy for publishing this very post.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.