Two-time major winner John Daly led his team of football legends to victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am at the Doha Golf Club.
Daly’s teammates on the Al Jazeera team comprised Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, his former Scotland teammate Andy Gray and current Wales manager Chris Coleman. All three played for their countries for a decade or more.
The combination of the colourful 47-year-old American and the British footballers clearly worked, as the quartet won the Pro-Am with a medal score of 24-under-par, edging Alvaro Quiros’ team, Apollo Young Guns, on a countback.
Brett Rumford led CBQ Team 6, one of six sides from tournament title sponsor Commercial Bank, to third place with a score of 22-under.
Former World No. 1 Luke Donald, 15-time European Tour winner Thomas Bjorn, Irishman Shane Lowry and Chris Wood, defending champion at this week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, each led their teams to a score of 19-under.
Prizes were awarded at a lavish Pro-Am Dinner hosted by The St Regis Doha, the tournament’s Official Hotel.
The Pro-Am, which featured 40 teams, is the traditional curtain-raiser for the star-studded European Tour event, which will tee-off on Wednesday and finish on Saturday.
Other big names at the US$2.5 million event include World No. 3 Henrik Stenson, World No. 11 Sergio Garcia, PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, four-time major winner Ernie Els and former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer.
The 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters runs from Wednesday 22 January to Saturday 25 January. Evening entertainment will begin from 6pm on Thursday and Friday. Both single-day (Thursday/Friday) and season tickets include entry to the concerts, which include American performers Divas of Soul on Thursday and Scottish band Texas on Friday.
Season tickets provide exceptional value, offering access to all four days of golf action, the public village and all evening entertainment for just QAR325, more than 40% less than four single-day tickets.
Single-day and season tickets for the2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters are available to purchase online at www.virginmegastore.me and in-store from Virgin Megastore shops in Villagio Mall and Landmark Mall, Doha, as well as Doha Golf Club.
Wednesday 22 January 2014: QAR100
Thursday 23 January 2014: QAR150 (includes evening entertainment – Divas of Soul)
Friday 24 January 2014: QAR150 (includes evening entertainment – Texas)
Saturday 25 January 2014: QAR150
Season Ticket: QAR325 (includes Weds 22 January - Saturday 25 January event entry and all evening entertainment)
Entry is free for children under 15 years of age. For those looking for an extra-special experience, a range of popular corporate hospitality packages are available. For more information visit the tournament’s official website, www.qatar-masters.com.
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