Monday, January 24, 2011

HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - View from the Pavilion

Thanks to JT, who gave us her tickets for the Falcon Terrace or Championship Pavilion hospitality ... we had a fantastic Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship over the weekend!

This was the view we had ... looking towards the 18th fairway and green, as well as well as the 9th green.

Oooh ... its Tim Henman (Tennis superstar, HSBC ambassador, and ex-British No. 1) and Retief Goosen (US Open major champ, 2001 and 2004). We also saw Rory McIlroy (He would go on to finish 2nd in the championship, 8 shots behind Martin Kaymer), Graeme McDowell (2010 US Open champ) and Ross Fisher.

I couldn't help grinning ... Getting Phil's autograph :-)

Phil 'Lefty' Mickelson ... my favourite golfer of all time. This was my moment!
Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) has won 4 major championships and a total of 38 events on the PGA Tour. He has reached a career high world ranking of 2nd in multiple years. Majors to his name ... Masters (2004/2006/2010) and PGA Championship (2005).

Hello Monty! Yes, Colin Montgomerie signed our ticket too :-)
He has to his name, a World No. 2 ranking, 8 Order of Merit titles, 31 European tour victories, but unfortunately has the dubious distinction of being one of the greatest players never to have won a major! I think his best moment was in winning the Ryder Cup once again for Europe, this time as the captain, in October 2010.

And as we were leaving the rainy course on the Friday, we got a close-up look at Martin Kaymer, who would eventually go on to win his 3rd falcon trophy with a 24 under par total!

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