LARA EXCITED TO TEE OFF AT YAS LINKS

31 January 2016

West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara was full of praise for the Abu Dhabi Invitational and Yas Links ahead of his tee time in the pro-am this morning. 

"I'm very honoured to be invited to play," said Lara, who is in the United Emirates to take part in the Masters Champions League cricket tournament. "I've played Yas Links a couple of times before with my best friend Dwight Yorke and it's an awesome golf course.

"We're under tournament conditions today so I expect it will look even more pristine than usual, so I'm looking forward to it."

Lara also said he was looking forward to playing with Masters champion Trevor Immelman, whom he had not previously met, in the charity pro-am. They'll pair up for the team betterball competition, whilst Immelman chases the first prize of $25 000. 

In the Lara fourball's other pairing, another South African professional, George Coetzee, will play alongside yesterday's individual amateur champion Robert Hissom.

Brian Lara was in good spirits ahead of the Abu Dhabi Invitational today

Brian Lara was in good spirits ahead of the Abu Dhabi Invitational today