European Tour star Romain Wattel led the Byrne 1 team to victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old French pro led his team featuring amateurs Steve Caygill, Simon Gabelle and Pierre Jean Paumard to a medal score of -23, which secured victory in the traditional curtain-raiser to the long-standing Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Gary Stal, another young French star, led his NeoCasa 3 team to second place on -17, with the 22-year-old himself showing the form that earned him a maiden European Tour victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Thai pro Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 25, led the ProSports team to third place.
World No. 2 Henrik Stenson finished sixth with his Turkey team, which included Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ahmet Agaoglu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation.
The Pro-Am featured 40 pros, each teamed up with three amateurs that included a range of local and international celebrities. Title sponsor Commercial Bank fielded seven teams in the event.
Famous footballers featured, with former Scotland striker Andy Gray playing for the second straight year. Glenn Hoddle, the former England midfielder and manager, and Andrew Cole, the former Manchester United and England striker, joined Gray in Simon Khan’s team.
Sergio Garcia, the 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters champion, headed a team featuring Andrew Stevens, Advisor to the Board, Commercial Bank, and Hassan Al Nuaimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, while Yasmain Al-Sharshani, Qatar's top female golfer, played in Thomas Aiken’s group.
Rising golf stars also took part, with YE Yang’s team including 13-year-old Christine Scholten-Kool, who was playing in her third Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am and has been playing golf at Doha Golf Club since she was six.
Prizes were awarded at a lavish Pro-Am Dinner hosted by The St Regis Doha, the tournament’s Official Hotel.
Big names at this week’s star-studded Commercial Bank Qatar Masters include World No. 2 Henrik Stenson, World No. 5 Justin Rose, World No. 6 Sergio Garcia, the defending champion, and four-time Major winner Ernie Els.
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