ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL
The Abu Dhabi Invitational is recognised as an utterly #Unforgettable golf tournament, becoming a must play event for elite business leaders, celebrities and many of the best professional golfers in the world.
KAYMER'S PROS DEFEAT CELEBRITIES AT THE
ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2018
PROFESSIONAL TEAM 8 - 6 CELEBRITY TEAM
Martin Kaymer’s team of seasoned professional golfers were crowned winners of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Invitational after an enthralling day of golf at the award-winning Yas Links Golf Club.
Played out in a Ryder Cup Fourball format in beautiful sunshine and minimal wind, Kaymer’s side beat Luis Figo’s Celebrity Team 8-6. The +7 handicap was not enough to stop an impressive 14-strong professional team, who secured victory against their celebrity counterparts for the second year in a row under the new rules instated in 2017.
The field was packed with household names and internationally renowned talent as footballing legend Luis Figo captained the Celebrity Team alongside returning players Peter Schmeichel, Ruud Gullit and Dwight Yorke. Alessandro Del Piero and Trevor Stevens were the fifth and sixth footballers to feature, whilst the line-up was bolstered further by the inclusion of cricket legend Brian Lara, Welsh rugby union scrumhalf Mike Phillips, Olympic champions Sir Matthew Pinsent and Roland Schoeman and Finnish Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen. From the world of entertainment came pop sensations Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, who together make up Boyzlife, along with actor James Nesbitt.
The Celebrities were tasked with taking on some of the biggest names in European golf. Captained by Ryder Cup legend Martin Kaymer, the professional team included Ladies European Tour stars Holly Clyburn and Camilla Lennarth. Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the first Emirati golfer to turn professional, also featured alongside Pablo Larrazabal and Gary Stal, who have both previously won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships.