Kyle Phillips visits Yas Links ahead of Abu Dhabi Invitational

Kyle Phillips visits Yas Links ahead of Abu Dhabi Invitational

30.01.2016: Kyle Phillips, President of Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design and designer of Yas Links

Kyle Phillips, President of Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design and designer of Yas Links, visited the course today ahead of the Abu Dhabi Invitational Pro-Am event tomorrow.


Phillips has over 30 years of experience designing courses and has studied and been influenced in his designs by the landforms and strategic qualities of the great links and heathland courses. Speaking ahead of the tournament Phillips commented:


““Yas Links is consistently recognised as the #1 course in the UAE as well as being included in many Top 100 standings.


To now be placed amongst the Golf Digest top fifty is an honour, it’s rightfully deserved for the club to move up the rankings. We had high expectations in the creation of the layout and I believe we met and exceeded them, providing the ideal long-term home for many high-profile tournaments here at Yas Links.


"The outstanding course recognition is supported by the field in the Abu Dhabi Invitational; we’ve collected some of golf’s great names here this week aiming to raise funds for worthwhile causes, proving just what an attraction the course, Emirate and the tournament have become.”


In addition to Rory McIlroy, world’s number 3 golfer and four time Major winner, there will be a host of other professionals and celebrities getting in on the action tomorrow.


The world’s number-three professional golfer will have his winning 2014 Ryder Cup team captain Paul McGinley for company at the event, which raises funds for the Emirates Red Crescent this year. The 49-year-old Irishman won three Ryder Cups as a player and was also a four-time winner on the European Tour.


Trevor Immelman (36), who is the proud owner of a green jacket after his victory at The Masters in 2008, is another big name on the list of professionals competing for AED 1 million in the main contest on Sunday.


Europe’s 2015 Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch has also entered to play in the tournament. The 44-year-old Swede was twice a winner on the LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golf Association) tour.


Two great names from the world of football, Roberto di Matteo (45) and Andriy Shevchenko (39), will prove a major draw for spectators, who will be admitted to the course free of charge. Di Matteo is best known for achievements with Italy and Chelsea, the latter as both a player and a manager. Shevchenko scored 48 goals in 111 caps for Ukraine, and won the Ballon d’Or in 2004. Each will pair up with a professional player in Sunday’s pro-am.


Brian Lara is another amateur entrant who achieved celestial status in his chosen sport. A former West Indian cricketer with a penchant for big innings, the 46-year-old from Trinidad’s undefeated 400 against England remains a test match record.


Former Olympic gold medallist rower Sir Matthew Pinsent will be another notable VIP amateur entry. The Briton claimed golds in four consecutive Games from Barcelona 1992 to Athens 2004, with Sir Steven Redgrave in his boat for three of them.


Speaking ahead of the event Mr Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Head of Marketing Communications, ADSC said: "Abu Dhabi Invitational receives special support from the council, because not only does it bring together some of the world's greatest athletes, it also supports noteworthy charities and promotes humanitarian efforts undertaken by Abu Dhabi & the UAE."


The Abu Dhabi Invitational, founded in 2007 will be contested by 58 European Tour professionals for a share of the AED 1 million prize fund. Each professional will partner an amateur guest from the world of elite business and entertainment at Yas Links Golf Club with action starting at 8.30am.



Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.


ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.


The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events, including the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the ITU World Triathlon Series, the Abu Dhabi Invitational, the Gary Player Invitational, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, the Red Bull Air Race, the hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race round-the-world sailing epic, the Abu Dhabi Cycling Tour and the 2015 Nomura Cup.


We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.



About Yas Island


Yas Island, the region’s ultimate leisure destination is a playground for fun, adventure, entertainment and thrill-seeking action!


Experience world class attractions and events on Yas Island - including Ferrari World theme park, year-round performances by award-winning international artists and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Along with seven hotels, a mall, waterpark, concert arena, marina, beach, links golf course and more than 100 café and restaurant options, Yas Island offers shopping, dining, entertainment and more. For business events including meetings, incentives conferences and exhibitions, Yas Island offers a wide range of venue options and in-house event management services.


Just a few minutes away from Abu Dhabi Airport, 25 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai-it’s the perfect choice for an escape with family or friends.


www.yasisland.ae




Maria O’Connor,   photo  Getty Images

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