Sergio Garcia (centre) and team-mates Sami Al Qush (left), and Abdulrahman Al Naimi (right), won the nine-hole Commercial Bank Challenge Match at Doha Golf Club yesterday. Henrik Stenson and Jason Dufner also captained teams in the fun team event, part of the lead-up to this week’s $2.5m Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Doha: World No. 11 Sergio Garcia and his two young Team Qatar partners emerged victorious in the inaugural nine-hole Commercial Bank Challenge Match, which featured three of the world’s top golfers and six Qatari teenagers competing in a fun team event ahead of this week’s $2.5m Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
World No. 3 Henrik Stenson, who topped the 2013 Race to Dubai, and World No. 13 Jason Dufner, the reigning PGA Championship winner, also captained teams in the nine-man event at Doha Golf Club, with each team featuring one pro and two young amateurs.Garcia’s group was the last to tee off and after finishing on the ninth green, the Spaniard was delighted to learn that his team won the Texas Scramble event with a score of five-under 67. Garcia was impressed with his young teammates for the day – Sami Al Qush, 15, and Abdulrahman Al Naimi, 13.
“It was very good. I thought they played very nicely – very impressive. They hit the ball quite well and had a good attitude. I think they had a good time and enjoyed it,” said Garcia, a 10-time European Tour winner.
“He made the most putts for birdie,” added the Spaniard, pointing at Al Naimi.
The 15-year-old Al Qush said it was a thrill to play nine holes with one of the world’s famous players.
“It has been a great honour to play with Sergio Garcia, one of the top pros in the world. I really enjoyed playing with him. He gave me some tips and some facts about golf, gave me some advice about my swing and about the short game, how to do chip and run. I did really benefit and it’s going to help me in the future. I hope that I’ll be better than him,” smiled the confident teenager, who explained his brief Spanish exchange with Garcia.
Garcia clearly inspired a competitive attitude in his teammates, with the quiet Al Naimi, the youngest member of the winning team, also bidding to better the livewire Spaniard in the future. The Peninsula