EVENT: Abu Dhabi Invitational 2018
There are few weekends that Esquire enjoys more than the annual Abu Dhabi Invitational golf weekend. Thanks to its media partnership, the team spent January 13th in the glorious sunshine at the Yas Links Golf Club watching a team of celebrities captained by superstar ex-football Luis Figo play off against a team of 14 professional golfers, captained by two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer.
The two teams competed in a Ryder Cup Fourball format, with Kaymer’s pros winning a surprisingly close contest 8-6. The +7 handicap was not enough to help the celebrity team – consisting of ex-footballers Alessandro Del Piero, Peter Schmeichel, Dwight Yorke and Ruud Gullit; actor James Nesbitt; former Westlife singers Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden; and sporting greats Brian Lara and Sir Matthew Pinsent – overcome the odds.
The Celebrities were tasked with taking on some of the biggest names in European golf. Captained by Ryder Cup hero 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.
Following the rounds, a gala dinner was held in the evening where an auction raised a substantial sum for its chosen charity: Cancer Patient Care Society – Rahma.