THIS year's ISPS Handa Wales Open comes with a twist, it could be the last.

Ahead of the most exciting week of golf at the Celtic Manor since the 2010 Ryder Cup, golf fans of Wales are waiting eagerly to find out what the future holds.

The stock of the Celtic Manor has never been higher after it hosted the NATO Summit, the Newport resort getting so much attention for Barack Obama and David Cameron’s arrival that it is safe to now assume Tiger Woods isn’t the most famous American to stay in the Presidential Suite.

However, the ambitions of the resort and owner Terry Matthews never dwindle and the fact is, in recent times, the Wales Open has.

That leaves three options for golf in Wales on the European Tour next year.

l A new deal is agreed and the Wales Open remains on the European Tour schedule

l A new deal is agreed and the Celtic Manor takes over hosting duties for another European Tour event

l No new deal is agreed and the Celtic Manor doesn’t host any events, European Tour or otherwise, in 2015

It is going to be a fascinating wait and see period, but I’d be bordering on astonished if the Celtic Manor falls off the golfing map for any significant amount of time.

Weather aside, the 2010 Ryder Cup was a roaring success and the players and their families enjoy visiting the resort due to the high class of facilities across the board.

I don’t think it is inconceivable that the Celtic Manor is awarded a tournament closer to being a flagship event, though I’d also rate it more likely that the Wales Open continues in its current guise in the short-term than the Celtic Manor drops out of rotation completely.

Celtic Manor sources tell us that negotiations are “ongoing,” and perhaps later in the week as this tournament unfolds we will learn more.

But in the meantime, we can look forward to the best Wales Open since the one the proceeded the 2010 Ryder Cup with a third of Europe’s team for next week at Gleneagles in attendance.

Stephen Gallagher will get a rock star reception in Scotland but it’ll be Welshman Jamie Donaldson who is the fans’ favourite this week along with former world number one Lee Westwood, who returns to the Wales Open for the first time in almost a decade.

And with the weather forecast good and several big names from the European Tour returning to the Twenty Ten course where Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will be in attendance, the stage is set for a Wales Open to provide the perfect curtain raiser to the big event next week.