McGinley's Pro Golfers win the Abu Dhabi Invitational 2017

McGinley's Pro Golfers win the Abu Dhabi Invitational 2017

31.01.2017: Paul McGinley’s team of international professional golfers won the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational yesterday in wonderful fashion




Paul McGinley’s team of international professional golfers won the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational yesterday 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.




*Abu Dhabi Invitational Final Scores


PROS    W/L     CELEBRITIES     Score



Ahmed Al Musharrekh    Lost to    Mike Tindall    3&1

Callum Shinkwin    bt    David Campese    6&5

Sam Brazel    bt     Ian Walker    2up

Niclas Fasth    Lost to    Roland Schoeman    2down

Eduardo de la Riva    bt     Ronan Keating    1up

David Horsey    bt    Dwight Yorke    3&2

Thomas Pieters    Lost to    Ruud Gullit    2down

Matt Fitzpatrick     Lost to    James Anderson    1 down

Ian Poulter    A/S    Heikki Kovalainen    A/S

Paul McGingley    bt    Peter Schmeichel    3&2

Kelsey Macdonald    bt    Matthew Pinsent    3&2

Amy Boulden    bt    Hasan Salihamidzic    2up

Matthew Southgate    bt     Sandrine Testud    1up

Paul Waring    A/S    Jacques Kallis    A/S

Adrian Otaegui    bt    Roberto Di Matteo    2&1

Steven Tiley    Lost to    Brian Lara    2&1

Gary Stal    bt    Ronald de Boer    3&2

Thongchai Jaidee    bt    Liam Brady    2up

Dominic Foos    bt    Schalk Brits    5&4





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. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; both the Abu Dhabi and Gary Player Invitationals; the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final; the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The Abu Dhabi Tour.

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.             




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