28 January 2016

Record-breaking West Indian cricketer Brian Lara will be cracking drives of a different kind when he tees up his golf ball at the Abu Dhabi Invitational at Yas Links this weekend. 

46-year-old Lara is one of a host of celebrities who will be pairing up with professional golfers in the charity pro-am team event on Sunday. 

The Trinidadian is the owner of first-class cricket's only quintuple century, and the highest test score of all time: 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004. Golf-wise, despite taking up the game quite late compared to most sportsmen, he plays off a single-figure handicap and has made at least three holes in one. 

Those looking for traces of similarity between the Lara golf swing and his dazzling array of cricket strokes might be disappointed to learn that he's no southpaw as a golfer. Despite amassing so many runs batting left-handed, he plays golf the more conventional way around. So his golf drives won't look much like his cover drives. And if the word 'fore' follows, it won't sound quite so sweet as is does in cricket...