Doha: Two-time major winner John Daly led his team of football legends to victory in the Qatar Masters Pro-Am at the Doha Golf Club.
Daly’s team-mates 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 today and finish on Saturday.
Other big names at the $2.5m 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 today to January 25.