BOARD RACE FOR STARS IN ABU DHABI

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

Tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Cham­pi­onship pit­ted Jor­dan Spieth, Rory McIl­roy, Rickie Fowler and Hen­rik Sten­son against each other in a race while rid­ing Golfboards. Given the an­kle in­jury from play­ing soc­cer that caused McIl­roy to miss the Open at St Andrews and ba­si­cally ru­ined the sec­ond half of 2015 for him, along with the fact that none of the play­ers had ever rid­den what are es­sen­tially mo­torised skate­boards, the com­pe­ti­tion tempted dis­as­ter.

Sure enough, aˆfter the four play­ers de­fied in­struc­tions to use the low (10kph) speed and in­stead shiftˆed into the high (23kph) speed, Spieth in­ad­ver­tently hit the back of McIl­roy’s board as they went through a nar­row gap. “Jor­dan nearly took me out,” said Rory. Spieth sheep­ishly ad­mit­ted, “I kind of slowed down and bumped the back of his board. For­tu­nately his an­kles stayed on the board.” The Amer­i­can duo won the “Rider Cup” at Saadiyat Beach, fin­ish­ing the hole in less than two min­utes on the golfboards.

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