KAYMER'S PROS DEFEAT CELEBRITIES AT THE
ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2018

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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.

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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.

Kaymer said: “It’s been a brilliant day, aided by perfect conditions ideal for playing great golf. The team worked together really well and we managed to secure a tough victory against some really strong opposition.”

Yas Links also played host to the Amateur Championships on Friday, which allowed the celebrities to get to grips with the course.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council: “Both on and off the course the new format Abu Dhabi Invitational has been a resounding success. We were honoured to have such an incredible group of celebrities and sporting stars competing against a great line-up of professional golfers. A special thank you to all our VIP guests, who have flown in from all around the world for this unforgettable Abu Dhabi experience, and to our amazing tournament host Yas Links.”

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links said: “It was an absolute pleasure to host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for another year and witness the great feedback we have had from some of the world’s greatest names in sports about the course and the incredible golfing experience at Yas Links.”

In addition to the top-class sport on offer, the event also raised a substantial sum for its chosen charity: Cancer Patient Care Society – Rahma. Guests are invited to a gala dinner following the conclusion of the tournament on Saturday, which takes place at the spectacular Yas Viceroy Hotel.

SCHOEMAN PRODUCES MASTERCLASS TO WIN ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Roland Schoeman produced a stellar performance to decimate his opposition and claim the top prize at the Abu Dhabi Invitational Amateur Championships. 

The South African, who plays off a +14 handicap, scored 45 points to win by 5. The event was a roaring success, as amateurs and celebrities rubbed shoulders on the dappled greens of Yas Links Golf Course. Brian McFadden, one half of Boyzlife, placed second. 

Tomorrow sees the tournament get underway between the Pro and Celeb Teams in a Ryder Cup fourball format. First tee-off is at 10:30am.

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FOOTBALL LEGENDS ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO AND RUUD GULLIT TO JOIN STARS AT ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2018

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Former Juventus forward and Italian World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero and Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit will join Luis Figo’s Celebrity Team for the Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018 at Yas Links, Abu Dhabi on 12-13 January.

Del Piero is set to compete in the Abu Dhabi Invitational for the first time, whilst Gullit returns to complete a stellar footballing line-up in the Celebrity Team, which also includes Luis Figo, Peter Schmeichel and Dwight Yorke.

A technically gifted forward, Del Piero’s honours include six Serie A titles, four Supercoppa Italiana’s, a Coppa Italia, the World Cup in 2006 and the UEFA Champions League. His 513 appearances over nearly twenty years for Juventus saw him establish himself as one of the ‘Old Lady’s’ all-time greatest players and the Italian has scored in every competition in which he has participated.

In addition, AirDP Style, Del Piero’s eyewear company, are the official sunglasses partner for the Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018.

Gullit, who played for some of the most prestigious clubs in the world, was a Ballon D’or winner in 1987, and won UEFA Euro 1988 a year later. An attacking midfielder by trade, he played alongside Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard at AC Milan and led Chelsea to their first major title in 26 years in 1997.

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alessandro and Ruud to Abu Dhabi with some other phenomenal footballing names to feature in the Celebrity Team. This year will hopefully give them a chance to improve on last year’s narrow defeat to the Professionals.”

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, is also eagerly anticipating the array of sporting superstars who’ll play in the event this year. “We are honoured to have Alessandro Del Piero and Ruud Gullit here as we host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for a sixth time,” he said. “It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international and influential audience.”

The star pair will compete against Martin Kaymer’s team of professional golfers at the award-winning Yas Links from January 12-13.

Promising to be an unforgettable two days of golf, The Abu Dhabi Invitational is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious Pro-Celebrity tournaments. Founded in 2007 by Abdullah Al Naboodah, it has become a must-play for celebrities and professional golfers alike, where they are paired with a VIP amateur guest in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

2017 saw Paul McGinley’s Pro Team win by 13½ points to 6½ over Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, which featured footballing stars Ruud Gullit and Roberto Di Matteo, rugby union World Cup winner Mike Tindall, cricketing legend Jacques Kallis and international popstar Ronan Keating.

The two-day event comprises of the Amateur Championship on Friday 12 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Saturday 13 January. Both days are open to members of the public and the tournament will once again be raising money for charity.


ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL SET TO WELCOME BOYZLIFE’S KEITH DUFFY AND BRIAN MCFADDEN

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The Boyzlife pair of former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and Westlife singer Brian McFadden will join Luis Figo’s Celebrity Team for the Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018 at Yas Links, Abu Dhabi on 12-13 January.

The iconic Irish boy-band duo with a multi-platinum record selling track record with Boyzone and Westlife joined forces to create Boyzlife in 2016, and will head to Abu Dhabi after another successful UK Tour.

Duffy, who was an original member of Irish pop band Boyzone, has had a brilliant career spanning music, theatre and television. Boyzone were one of the most successful bands of their era with six UK number ones and 18 UK Top 10 singles including “No Matter What”, “Words” and “When The Going Gets Tough.”

McFadden was a member of Irish boy band Westlife from 1998 to 2004, in a period where the group released 26 UK Top Ten Singles including 12 UK number ones. Widely regarded as one of the greatest ever boy bands selling over 50 million records worldwide, hits included “Swear It Again”, “If I Let You Go”, and “Flying Without Wings”.  McFadden went on to have a solo career which featured UK number one “Real to Me.”

The popstar pair will compete against Martin Kaymer’s team of professional golfers at the award-winning Yas Links from January 12-13.

Promising to be an unforgettable two days of golf, The Abu Dhabi Invitational is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious Pro-Celebrity tournaments. Founded in 2007 by Abdullah Al Naboodah, it has become a must-play for celebrities and professional golfers alike, where they are paired with a VIP amateur guest in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

2017 saw Paul McGinley’s Pro Team win by 13½ points to 6½ over Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, which featured footballing stars Ruud Gullit and Roberto Di Matteo, rugby union World Cup winner Mike Tindall, cricketing legend Jacques Kallis and international popstar Ronan Keating. 

The two-day event comprises of the Amateur Championship on Friday 12 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Saturday 13 January. Both days are open to members of the public and the tournament will once again be raising money for charity.


STARS BRIAN LARA & HEIKKI KOVALAINEN JOIN LUIS FIGO'S TEAM AT ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL

Cricket legend Brian Lara & Formula 1 champion Heikki Kovalainen will play at Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018. They will join forces with football icon Luis Figo, captain of the Celebrity Team at an exciting ADI 2018.

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OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS MATTHEW PINSENT & ROLAND SCHOEMAN RETURN TO ADI 2018

Olympic champions Sir Matthew Pinsent & Roland Schoeman return to Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018, joining Luis Figo's Celebrity Team,
up against the Professional Team captained by former World No.1 golfer Martin Kaymer.

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FOOTBALLING GREATS PETER SCHMEICHEL AND DWIGHT YORKE RETURN FOR ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2018

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Football greats and former Manchester United teammates Peter Schmeichel and Dwight Yorke will return to the Abu Dhabi Invitational for a second successive year as they join forces with fellow footballing star Luis Figo on the Celebrity Team. 

Last year’s inaugural Celebrity captain, Peter Schmeichel is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation, captaining Manchester United to a historic Treble in 1999 and helping Denmark win UEFA Euro 1992. In a career that lasted over 20 years, Schmeichel was ranked by the IFFHS as among the top ten keepers of the 20th century.

Yorke, who played for Manchester United alongside Peter Schmeichel in the 1999 Treble-winning season, is one of the Premier League’s all-time highest non-European goal scorers. At international level, he represented Trinidad and Tobago on 74 occasions, helping his nation reach the semi-finals of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The pair will star alongside Team Captain Luis Figo as they take on Martin Kaymer’s team of professional golfers at the award-winning Yas Links from January 12-13.

Promising to be an unforgettable two days of golf, The Abu Dhabi Invitational is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious Pro-Celebrity tournaments. Founded in 2007 by Abdullah Al Naboodah, it has become a must-play for celebrities and professional golfers alike, where they are paired with a VIP amateur guest in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

2017 saw Paul McGinley’s Pro Team win by 13½ points to 6½ over Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, which featured footballing stars Ruud Gullit and Roberto Di Matteo, rugby union World Cup winner Mike Tindall, cricketing legend Jacques Kallis and international popstar Ronan Keating. The two-day event comprises of the Amateur Championship on Friday 12 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Saturday 13 January. Both days are open to members of the public and the tournament will once again be raising money for charity.


LUIS FIGO AND MARTIN KAYMER TO CAPTAIN TEAMS AT THE ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2018

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Ballon D’Or winner Luis Figo and former World No.1 golfer Martin Kaymer will captain the two sides for The 2018 Abu Dhabi Invitational at the award-winning Yas Links from January 12-13.

Figo, who will captain the Celebrity Team, played for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan, was the world’s most expensive player in 2000 following his switch from Barcelona to Real Madrid and won domestic and European trophies in all three countries.

Figo said: “I am delighted to be captaining the Celebrity Team in The Abu Dhabi Invitational. I have heard great things about Yas Links and the Tournament. We look forward to the challenge of facing Martin’s Pro team and will leave no stone unturned to win the Trophy. Regardless of the result, it’s great to be involved in such a unique charity tournament.”

Kaymer is a 2-time major championship winner and has also featured in 3 victorious European Ryder Cup teams. He was also ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking for eight weeks in 2011.

Kaymer commented: “I’ve always enjoyed playing and winning in Abu Dhabi, so it really does feel like a second home to me. The Yas Links course is excellent and I’m excited to be captain. This year, the pro team will be playing off +7, which will mean we need to play some great golf to retain the trophy - but hopefully our amateur partners will play their part!”

Promising to be an unforgettable two days of golf, The Abu Dhabi Invitational is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious Pro-Celebrity tournaments. Founded in 2007 by Abdullah Al Naboodah, it has become a must-play for celebrities and professional golfers alike where they are paired with a VIP amateur guest in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

2017 saw Paul McGinley’s Pro Team win by 13½ points to 6½ over Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, which featured footballing stars Ruud Gullit and Roberto Di Matteo, rugby union World Cup winner Mike Tindall, cricketing legend Jacques Kallis and international popstar Ronan Keating. The two-day event comprises of the Amateur Championship on Friday 12 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Saturday 13 January. Both days are open to members of the public and the tournament will once again be raising money for charity.

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We are delighted that Luis and Martin will be playing The Abu Dhabi Invitational this year. Luis is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in world football, whilst Martin is a former World No. 1 in the sport of golf. We’re looking forward to announcing the other stars in the coming weeks.”

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, said he was thrilled to see the Invitational return to Yas Links. “Hosting the Abu Dhabi Invitational is always special and we’re delighted to see it return for the fifth year. It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international audience. It is always a wonderful event and we are proud to host it here at Yas Links.”


PAUL McGINLEY’S PRO GOLFERS WIN THE ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2017

Paul McGinley’s team of international professional golfers won the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational in wonderful fashion at the world famous Yas Links Golf Club. 

The event, played in a Ryder Cup Matchplay format, saw McGinley’s side beat Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity All-Stars 13-6. The tournament saw 19 professionals and 19 celebrities each paired with a VIP guest. All competitors played from the back tees with the professionals playing off a +5 handicap.

Among the stars lining up in the field for the tournament were football legends Peter Schmeichel, Ruud Gullit, Dwight Yorke and Roberto Di Matteo, cricket heroes James Anderson, Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis and rugby union World Cup winners Mike Tindall and David Campese. Pop sensation Ronan Keating also starred.

That A-list group took on some of the biggest names in European golf. Captained by Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley, the professional team included Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters and Matt Fitzpatrick as well as Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the first Emirati golfer to turn professional, and Ladies European Tour stars Amy Boulden and Kelsey MacDonald.

McGinley said: “It has been a great pleasure playing alongside so many talented men and women today, on such a wonderful course. I would like to thank Abu Dhabi for welcoming us so warmly. I look forward to returning next year for another great tournament.” 

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council: “Both on and off the course the new format Abu Dhabi Invitational has been a resounding success. We were honoured to have such an incredible group of celebrities and sporting stars competing against a great line-up of professional golfers. A special thank you to all our VIP guests, who have flown in from all around the world for this unforgettable Abu Dhabi experience, and to our amazing tournament host Yas Links.”

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links said: “It was an absolute pleasure to host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for another year and witness the great feedback we have had from some of the world’s greatest names in sports about the course and the incredible golfing experience at Yas Links.”

It was an action-packed weekend at Yas Links. The Saturday saw the Amateur Championship where the celebrities got to grips with the course in a fun-filled day, followed by a gala dinner at the wonderful Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Sports Council was also using the occasion to launch Sport in Abu Dhabi, an initiative to showcase and promote the Emirate’s central role in the world’s sporting landscape. Abu Dhabi already has a strong reputation as a centre of excellence for world-class sports events, winter training and sports tourism and the weekend’s event at Yas Links further highlighted that. 

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POPSTAR RONAN KEATING HEADS UP FINAL GROUP OF LEGENDS TO BE ADDED TO CELEBRITY ALL-STAR TEAM

Abu Dhabi, January 22nd, 2017 - Pop music superstar and Boyzone heart-throb Ronan Keating heads up the final group of famous names to be added to Peter Schmeichel’s team of Celebrity All-Stars for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational. 

The “Life is a Rollercoaster” hitman will be joined at the world-class Yas Links Golf Course by Olympic heroes Sir Matthew Pinsent, Ian Walker and Roland Schoeman, as well as former tennis star Sandrine Testud and Polo legend Pablo Mac Donough. 

Keating shot to fame as a member of the Irish pop group Boyzone. The band went on to become one of the most successful in British and Irish music history, with a staggering 18 top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart. Keating went solo in 1999, enjoying smash hits with songs like "When You Say Nothing at All”, "If Tomorrow Never Comes” and "We've Got Tonight”. 

The Irishman will star for Peter Schmeichel’s team alongside an impressive roster of sporting superstars. No fewer than three Olympic legends will star at Yas Links, including Sir Matthew Pinsent, one of the greatest sportsmen ever to represent Team GB. The rower won four consecutive Olympic gold medals with the British Coxless Four, not to mention 10 world championship gold medals, in a glittering career. 

Roland Schoeman, 36, will also be making an appearance. The South African swimmer represented his country at four Olympic Games, but is best remembered for his stunning series of performances at Athens 2004, when he won gold in the 4×100m freestyle, silver in the 100m freestyle event and bronze in the 50m freestyle.  

British sailor Ian Walker is the third Olympian to feature. Walker won two Olympic silver medals — in the 470 class at Atlanta 1996 and in the Star at Sydney 2000 — but enjoyed his greatest sailing success in the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race. He skippered the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team to glory in the 2014/15 race, setting a new 24-hour distance record in the process. 

Joining the Olympians at Yas Links is former French tennis starlet Sandrine Testud. Testud, 44, reached a career high ranking of no. 9 in February 2000, and made it to the second week of each of the four Grand Slams, including noteworthy quarter-final appearances at the Australian and US Opens. 

Polo legend Pablo Mac Donough completes the Celebrity All-Star line-up. The Argentinian’s glittering career has included six wins in the prestigious Argentine Open, nine in the Hurlingham Open, 8 in the Tortugas Open and one in the British Open. 

 Ronan Keating will be hoping to hit the right note at the 2017 ADI

Ronan Keating will be hoping to hit the right note at the 2017 ADI


RUGBY WORLD CUP WINNING LEGENDS MIKE TINDALL & DAVID CAMPESE JOIN CELEBRITY TEAM

Abu Dhabi, January 22nd, 2017 - Mike Tindall, a 2003 Rugby Union World Cup winner, and David Campese, winner in 1991, have joined Peter Schmeichel’s team of Celebrity All-Stars for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational.

Tindall, 38, had an illustrious rugby career and was a stalwart in the England rugby team for over a decade. Winning 75 caps and starting every game during England’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2003, he is a great of the modern game.

Campese, 54, is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers the game has ever seen. “Campo” bewitched defences and infuriated opponents the world over during a career that took in 101 international caps and 64 tries for Australia.

Joining them in Abu Dhabi will be Schalk Brits, one of the best players to come out of South Africa in recent years. Having represented South Africa at the 2015 World Cup when they finished third, Brits has also won the English Premiership and European Cup with English club Saracens.

The rugby trio will play alongside a number of legends from the world of sport — including Ruud Gullit, Dwight Yorke, James Anderson and Brian Lara — for Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, against Paul McGinley’s team of professional golfers. With other big-name competitors from the worlds of golf, sport and entertainment including pop legend Ronan Keating, the event looks set to be an incredible occasion.

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We are thrilled to have two rugby greats of all time joining us at Yas Links for the Abu Dhabi Invitational this year.”

“It is wonderful to be able to welcome new names to play at the Abu Dhabi Invitational. This year’s tournament promises to be a wonderful occasion at Yas Links, the best links course in the region and one of the best golf venues in the world.”

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, is also eagerly anticipating the array of sporting superstars who’ll play in the event this year.

“We are honoured to have Mike Tindall and David Campese here as we host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for a fifth time,” he said. “It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international and influential audience.”

 World Cup winner Tindall has joined Schmeichel's Celebrity Team

World Cup winner Tindall has joined Schmeichel's Celebrity Team


CRICKET LEGENDS JAMES ANDERSON, BRIAN LARA AND JACQUES KALLIS JOIN CELEBRITY TEAM AT 2017 ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL

Abu Dhabi, January 16th, 2017- James Anderson, English Cricket’s all-time highest international wicket-taker, has joined Peter Schmeichel’s team of Celebrity all-stars for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational.

34-year old Anderson — who returned to England’s Test team for the recent tour of India — will be joined in Abu Dhabi by two other legends of the sport: Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis.

Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, has already cemented his reputation as one of the finest players in the history of English cricket. A former world number one bowler who currently ranks sixth on the all-time international wicket-takers list, ‘Jimmy’ has represented England in 100 Test matches and nearly 200 One Day Internationals, and is one of the sport’s most popular figures.

Playing alongside Anderson will be Brian Lara, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman of all time. Boasting a Test match career average of 52.88, Lara is the only batsman to have ever scored a century, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career.

South African icon Jacques Kallis completes the cricketing line-up. The current coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the former all-rounder remains the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.

The trio will play alongside a series of football legends — including Ruud Gullit, Dwight Yorke and Gabriel Batistuta — for Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, against Paul McGinley’s team of professional golfers. More big-name competitors from the worlds of golf, sport, entertainment and business are to be announced in the coming days.

This year’s event will comprise an Amateur Championship on Saturday 28 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Sunday 29 January. Both days are open to the public.

The format for the Sunday Invitational will see 20 professionals and 20 celebrities paired with a VIP guest as the teams compete against each other in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

Anderson said: “It is an honour to be part of the Celebrity team at this year’s Abu Dhabi Invitational with some incredible names from the world of sport. It promises to be an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We are thrilled to have three of the best cricket players of all time joining us at Yas Links for the Abu Dhabi Invitational this year.”

“It is wonderful to have Brian Lara returning to play at Yas Links and we also look forward to welcoming Jacques and James to the event also.”

“We will be announcing more big-name competitors from the worlds of golf, sport, entertainment and business in the coming days. This year’s tournament promises to be a wonderful occasion at Yas Links, the best links course in the region and one of the best golf venues in the world.”

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational will also welcome a host of leading media from the world of television, print, digital, social and radio platforms. Interested media are urged to make contact with the event organisers as soon as possible.

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, is also eagerly anticipating the array of sporting superstars who’ll play in the event this year. “We are honoured to have James Anderson, Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis here as we host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for a fifth time,” he said. “It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international and influential audience.”

The Abu Dhabi Invitational has established itself as a world-class competition where Tour golfers, the GCC’s leading amateurs, sporting celebrities, leading business executives and entrepreneurs come together to play tournament golf and raise funds for charity. This year the teams will be playing to raise money for the captains’ chosen charities.

 England legend Jimmy Anderson will star at the 2017 Invitational 

England legend Jimmy Anderson will star at the 2017 Invitational 


PETER SCHMEICHEL TO CAPTAIN CELEBRITY ALL-STAR TEAM AT 2017 ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL

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Abu Dhabi, January 12th, 2017- Football legend Peter Schmeichel will captain a Celebrity team of sports stars against Paul McGinley’s Pro Golfers at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational.

Schmeichel will be joined by his former Manchester United team-mate Dwight Yorke, as well as other footballing greats Ruud Gullit, Ronald de Boer, Roberto di Matteo, Gabriel Batistuta, Hasan Salihamidzic and Liam Brady at the award-winning Yas Links from January 28-29, 2017. Schmeichel’s team will be bolstered further by more big-name competitors from cricket, rugby union, Olympic sports and the world of entertainment who will be announced in the coming days.

Schmeichel, who captained Manchester United to the 1999 UEFA Champions League to complete the Treble, as well as winning UEFA Euro 1992 with Denmark and being voted the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993, will lead his side against McGinley’s as the Abu Dhabi Invitational embraces an exciting change of format for the 2017 edition.

Schmeichel said: “It is an honour to be captaining the Celebrity team at this year’s Abu Dhabi Invitational and, with the line-up we have, I know we can give the Pros a serious challenge.

“It is a prestigious event at a wonderful course and I am looking forward to it enormously. I know we will have a lot of fun and raise important funds for charity too.”

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We are thrilled Peter will captain the Celebrity team at Yas Links for the Abu Dhabi Invitational this year and the array of footballing talent he has in his team.

“It is wonderful to have Roberto di Matteo and Dwight Yorke returning to play at Yas Links and we also look forward to welcoming other football legends like Ruud Gullit, Gabriel Batistuta, Ronald de Boer, Hasan Salihamidzic and Liam Brady to the event.

“We will be announcing more big-name competitors from the worlds of golf, sport, entertainment and business in the coming days. This year’s tournament promises to be a wonderful occasion at Yas Links, the best links course in the region and one of the best golf venues in the world.”

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational will also welcome a host of leading media from the world of television, print, digital, social and radio platforms. Interested media are urged to make contact with the event organisers as soon as possible.

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, is also eagerly anticipating the array of sporting superstars who’ll play in the event this year. “We are honoured to have Peter Schmeichel and his team here as we host the Abu Dhabi Invitational for a fifth time,” he said. “It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international and influential audience.”

 The ADI Celebrity Team will be in safe hands with legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel as captain

The ADI Celebrity Team will be in safe hands with legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel as captain


RYDER CUP LEGEND PAUL McGINLEY TO LEAD STAR NAMES AT 2017 ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL

22nd December 2016

Abu Dhabi, December 22nd, 2016- Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley will lead a host of star names at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational at the award-winning Yas Links on Yas Island from January 28-29, 2017.

The Irishman, who played in three consecutive victories for Europe and famously led the side to glory in 2014, will captain a Professional Golfers’ Team against a Celebrity Team in an exciting change of format for the second Abu Dhabi Invitational event, which has established itself as a world-class competition where pro golfers, the GCC’s leading amateurs, sporting celebrities, leading business executives and entrepreneurs come together to play tournament golf and raise funds for charity. The 2017 edition will comprise an Amateur Championship on Saturday 28 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests before the main Invitational on Sunday 29 January. Both days are open to the public.

The Invitational will see a Professional Golfers’ team, captained by McGinley, play a Celebrity Team. Each professional and each celebrity will be paired with a VIP guest and the teams will compete against each other in a Ryder Cup Fourball format. The teams will be playing to raise money for the captains’ charities, with McGinley’s team playing for The McGinley Foundation. The Celebrity Captain and their charity will be revealed in January 2017.

McGinley said: “I am honoured to be captaining the Golfers’ Team at this year’s Abu Dhabi Invitational. I have enjoyed playing Yas Links on many occasions and look forward to being there again in January for what promises to be another wonderful occasion. I hope we can raise a lot of money for charity over the weekend as well as having a huge amount of fun.”

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), said: “We are thrilled Paul will be at Yas Links for the Abu Dhabi Invitational this year. He is a great character in the game and renowned for his unwavering commitment to charitable fundraising - an important feature for our event. We look forward to announcing many more big-name competitors from the worlds of golf, sport, entertainment and business in the coming weeks.

“We’re back at Yas Links because it’s the best links course in the region and one of the best golf venues in the world,” added Al Awani. “With its location on Yas Island, the region’s ultimate leisure destination, Yas Links truly deserves its world class status and, with support from our partners at Miral, it is a major part of Abu Dhabi Sports Council initiatives moving forward.”

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational will also welcome a host of leading media from the world of television, print, digital, social and radio platforms. Interested media are urged to make contact with the event organisers as soon as possible.

Howie Roberts, General Manager of Yas Links, said he was thrilled to see the Invitational return. “We have hosted the Abu Dhabi Invitational for the past three years and are thrilled to see it here again for a fourth,” he said. “It is a chance to showcase this fantastic golf course, alongside Yas Island’s global entertainment and hospitality facilities, to an international and influential audience. The Abu Dhabi Invitational is always a wonderful event and we are proud to be associated with it.”

 McGinley will lead an all-star team at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational

McGinley will lead an all-star team at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational


DECHAMBEAU STARS AT
ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL

31 January 2016

American amateur sensation Bryson DeChambeau continued to show up the professionals of the golf world by firing a round-of-the-day 65 in the Abu Dhabi Invitational at Yas Links today.  

DeChambeau, who made headlines in Abu Dhabi just two weeks ago with an opening 64 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, was not eligible to win the individual competition for professionals today. His seven-under-par score, however, was the lowest by two strokes.

Four professionals shared the first prize of $25 000 with five-under-par rounds of 67 on the seaside layout. They were Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, England’s Matthew Baldwin, Chile’s Felipe Aguilar and Frenchman Alexander Levy.

DeChambeau will join the professional ranks immediately after The Masters in April. He would lose his existing invitation to that tournament if he turned professional beforehand. 

Despite missing out on the main prize due to his amateur status, DeChambeau’s stellar scoring did help him get his hands on the pro-am team prize. He paired up with Emirati professional Ahmed Al Musharrekh to card an 11-under-par 61 under the betterball format.

“We had fun; we had a great time,” said the 22-year-old DeChambeau. “Ahmed was incredible and we both fed off each other all day. For me it was another one of those days when I just had everything going.

“I loved it out there. Kyle Philips is a great designer and Yas Links was enjoyable to play. I’d love to play in more European Tour events and it would be incredible to play more in the United Arab Emirates. They’ve been fantastic hosts and I’d love to play in this tournament again.”

Speaking on behalf of the four professional winners, Aguilar said: “We’d like to thank the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for making this event possible, as well as the founders Mohammed Al Farooq and Abdullah Al Naboodah. Yas Island has become a great place to play golf and Yas Links is really amazing. It’s a lot of fun to come here every year and support the event. Hopefully next time one of us can win one of those Bentleys for a hole-in-one!”

Results from Sunday's individual Abu Dhabi Invitational can be viewed here

Results from Sunday's pro-am team competition can be viewed here