All-star line-up for 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has announced a world-class line-up for the Abu Dhabi Invitational (ADI) as the 2017 edition embraces a new format this weekend.

A team of professional golfers, captained by Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley, will take on a Celebrity All-Stars from the world of sport and entertainment, led by former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

The tournament, which will be held at Yas Links on Sunday January 29, will see 20 professionals and 20 celebrities each paired with a VIP guest as the teams compete against each other in a Ryder Cup Fourball format. All competitors will play from the back tees with the professionals playing off a +5 handicap.

Among the stars lining up for Schmeichel’s team are football legends 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 legend Ronan Keating is also appearing for the All-Stars.

McGinley’s team includes Ryder Cup stars Thomas Pieters and Matt Fitzpatrick, Ahmad Al Musharrakh, the first Emirati golfer to turn professional, and Ladies’ European Tour stars Amy Boulden and Kelsey MacDonald. Places will also be allocated by invitations from ADSC and from the European Tour to players missing the cut at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters this weekend.