29 January 2016

Every golfer craves an ace at least once in their lifetime, but there's even more reason to hit the perfect one-shotter at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Invitational this weekend. Each player - both professional and amateur - will have a few chances to drive away in a stately Bentley supercar. 

With prizes on offer at three of the short holes, those chances will come around thrice for the professionals and six times for the amateurs, who will play Yas Links on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Anyone carding a one at the 189-metre waterside fourth hole will be able to claim the most precious of the iconic machines, the Bentley GT Speed, which is worth a cool AED 892 000 ($243 000).       

A hole-in-one at the eighth, where amateurs will also be able to enjoy a 'beat the pro' tee shot challenge with lady professionals Carly Booth and Amy Boulden in their Amateur Championship on Saturday, can win players a Bentley Flying Spur worth AED 845 000 ($230 000). The eighth hole plays to a length of 174 metres. 

Competitors will be hoping they have a lucky 13th hole, where there will be 154 metres between them and a Bentley GT V8, valued at AED 841 000 ($229 000).    

Professionals who don't manage an ace but play well should still have a good pay day, with a purse of AED 1 million on offer for the individual pro contest, which will run in parallel with a pro-am team competition on Sunday. The charity tournament is raising funds for the Emirates Red Crescent this year. 

 Players will be hoping for a slice of luck and a Bentley GT Speed at the fourth

Players will be hoping for a slice of luck and a Bentley GT Speed at the fourth