Abu Dhabi In­vi­ta­tional 2017

Paul McGin­ley’s team of international pros won the event held at the Yas Links Golf Club

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The event, played in a Ry­der Cup Match­play for­mat, saw McGin­ley’s side beat Peter Sch­me­ichel’s Celebrity All-Stars 13-6. The tour­na­ment saw 19 pro­fes­sion­als and 19 celebri­ties each paired with a VIP guest. All com­peti­tors played from the back tees with the pro­fes­sion­als play­ing off a +5 hand­i­cap.

Among the stars lin­ing up in the field for the tour­na­ment were foot­ball le­gends Peter Sch­me­ichel, Ruud Gul­lit, Dwight Yorke and Roberto Di Mat­teo, cricket he­roes James An­der­son, Brian Lara and Jac­ques Kal­lis and rugby union World Cup winners Mike Tindall and David Cam­pese. Pop sen­sa­tion Ro­nan Keat­ing also starred.

That A-list group took on some of the big­gest names in Euro­pean golf. Cap­tained by Ry­der Cup leg­end

Paul McGin­ley, the pro­fes­sional team in­cluded Ry­der Cup stars Ian Poul­ter, Thomas Pi­eters and Matt Fitz­patrick as well as Ahmed Al Mushar­rekh, the first Emi­rati golfer to turn pro­fes­sional, and Ladies Euro­pean Tour stars Amy Boulden and Kelsey MacDon­ald.

McGin­ley said: “It has been a great plea­sure play­ing along­side so many tal­ented men and women today, on such a won­der­ful course. I would like to thank Abu Dhabi for wel­com­ing us so warmly. I look forward to re­turn­ing next year for another great tour­na­ment.”

His Ex­cel­lency Aref Al Awani,

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of Abu Dhabi Sports Coun­cil: “Both on and off the course

the new for­mat Abu Dhabi In­vi­ta­tional has been a re­sound­ing suc­cess. We were hon­oured to have such an in­cred­i­ble group of celebri­ties and sport­ing stars com­pet­ing against a great line-up of pro­fes­sional golfers. A spe­cial thank you to all our VIP guests, who have flown in from all around the world for this un­for­get­table Abu Dhabi ex­pe­ri­ence, and to our amaz­ing tour­na­ment host Yas Links.”

Howie Roberts, Gen­eral Man­ager of

Yas Links added: “It was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to host the Abu Dhabi In­vi­ta­tional for another year and wit­ness the great feed­back we have had from some of the world’s great­est names in sports about the course and the in­cred­i­ble golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Yas Links.”

It was an ac­tion-packed week­end at Yas Links. The Saturday saw the Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship where the celebri­ties got to grips with the course in a fun-filled day, fol­lowed by a gala din­ner at the won­der­ful Shangri-La Ho­tel, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Sports Coun­cil was also us­ing the oc­ca­sion to launch Sport in

Abu Dhabi, an ini­tia­tive to showcase and pro­mote the Emi­rate’s cen­tral role in the world’s sport­ing land­scape. Abu Dhabi al­ready has a strong rep­u­ta­tion as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for world-class sports events, win­ter train­ing and sports tourism and the week­end’s event at Yas Links fur­ther high­lighted that.

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