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 Post subject: Game on! Saadiyat stars take to darts
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:28 am 
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As the world of golf fixes its gaze on the United Arab Emirates for this week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, golf clearance four Falcon trophy contenders Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner and Matteo Manassero experimented with a golf-meets-darts contest at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

With each golfer partnering an HSBC global sporting ambassador, the two-man teams were challenged to play 109-yard approaches onto the sixth green of the Gary Player-designed ocean-front course.

Each shot accrued points based on where the ball landed in rings of natural grass or sand circling out from the pin. A hole-in-one scored a team 360 points, the five-feet ring 180 points, TaylorMade R11 Driver the 10-foot ring 140 points, the 15-foot ring 100 points and the 20-foot ring 60 points. Balls landing on the green but outside the rings collected 20 points.

Teams were split into semi-finals and given six shots – or darts – in total with each player taking three. Titleist 910 D2 Driver The team with the highest score after six shots progressed.

The first semi-final saw Justin 'Valentine' Rose, and former British tennis No.1 Tim 'Tiger' Henman, taylormade rbz driver face-off against Jason ‘Dangerous’ Dufner and dynamic Welsh rugby fly-half Jonathan 'The Wizard' Davies.

Rose and Henman judged the warm Saadiyat Beach breezes to near-perfection. Still, the English duo trailed Dufner and a red-hot Davies by 40 points as Henman readied for his final shot.

The former world number four's towering wedge eventually pitched in the outside ring to score 60 points and seal victory by a mere 20 points.

"That was a special bit of fun before the tournament," said Dufner. "Fair play to Tim, he stepped up when it counted."


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