With Masters champion Sergio Garcia back to defend the Dallah, FedEx Cup No.1 Pat Perez making his debut and Rory McIlroy leading a cast of usual suspects, you shouldn’t need a nudge to secure your tickets to next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic. But here’s one anyway.

There are few more polarising figures in golf than Paige Spiranac and the American’s anointment as the most influential female to play in the Middle East this past decade...