A sea of red is covering the course at the 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA as fans poured through the gates in red attire for HSBC’s Wear Red Day – an initiative that allows those wearing red to enter for free.
The Championship Village was once again a hive of activity with red revellers engaging in the vast array of activities for all the family as they tried their hands at golf, rugby, cricket, tennis and badminton in a bid to prove their sporting prowess.
One of the bedecked in red fans, James Bourn, from Al Reef said: “It’s a great day, my son and I are wearing red to join in with the fun and the great atmosphere. We just spent some time playing in the Championship Village and are now off to see some of the world’s best golfers.”
The Trickshot Boys lived up to their name, entertaining the crowd with a magical display of golfing excellence including 300-yard drives with a putter and drilling tee-shots whilst standing on a yoga ball.
Kevin Carpenter, one half of The Trick Shot Boys, said: “We love to entertain the crowd and help to inspire anyone to take up golf, and you never know, we hope that some kids might be in the running to win the Falcon Trophy in a few years’ time.”
Earlier today, 120 youngsters took part in an elite skills challenge that tested their putting, chipping and driving abilities. The HSBC Future Falcons have had a busy week, playing in a Pro-Am yesterday alongside their golfing idols and then piecing together all their newly acquired knowledge for one final test on the Garden Course.
Daisy Mitchell, 12, – Al Yasmina Academy, said: “I played yesterday with Haotong Li who passed on so many tips so I’m hoping to win. I have been here most days this week and I hope to win the Future Falcons Skills Challenge and that Lowry will win the Falcon Trophy.”
First staged in 2006, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA has quickly evolved into one of the strongest events on the European Tour. This year saw the tournament join the Rolex Series, which features the European Tour’s premium events, staged in a variety of golfing locations around the world, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.