Ahead of the $8m DP World Tour Championship, some of the world’s best golfers were put to the test at a special promotional event on Palm Jumeirah, with the ultimate challenge of hitting an accurate tee shot into a floating green anchored off the beach in front of the Atlantis hotel.
The event at the Atlantis, the Palm included top names such as Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson, reigning US Open winner Justin Rose, as well as Martin Kaymer, David Howell and Lee Westwood, hitting 10 shots each from the balcony of the hotel's Royal Bridge Suite.
Their target? A floating green pontoon, anchored off shore, in the Arabian Gulf.
With a 235-yard (210 metres) distance and 9mx5m green, it was no easy feat.
However, Westwood hit the target, finishing just four feet away from the flag on the specially constructed floating green.
Westwood’s victory was confirmed by a “guest referee” in swimming trunks – namely Ian Poulter, who volunteered to join the official referee in adjudicating on the barge and delivering the verdict.
Westwood said: “It was great fun. I like challenges like this at the start of a week and today’s one certainly focused the mind with such a small target in the lagoon. I was fortunate to get the right club – a seven iron – and I manage to catch it perfectly.
“Dubai is a special place for me. I’ve had a bit of success here and it’s great to be back for the DP World Tour Championship.”
Stenson added: “I was delighted to welcome the guys into my humble home for the week! The shot itself was quite intimidating, especially getting straight out of bed onto my balcony to try to hit a six or seven iron to a tiny target. It was great fun, though.”
Rose said: “Hitting from the Bridge Suite of this iconic hotel gave a great perspective of Dubai as well as providing a great way to kick off a big week on The European Tour.”
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