Lee Westwood wins in Atlantis Golf Challenge ahead of DP World Tour Championship
The brand Dubai never ceases to amaze. Way back in 2005, a practice match between tennis legends Roger Federer and Andre Agassi was held on top of Burj Al Arab’s helipad. This was followed by other awe-inspiring events such as Aston Martin earlier this year celebrating its 100 years in style by airlifting its Vanquish model onto the helipad of the iconic hotel and very recently the Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrating in style atop Burj Al Arab hotel’s helipad.
This time around, it was the chance of another luxurious hotel in Dubai, Atlantis The Palm, to show something extraordinary.
Just before the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, a group of European Tour golfers took on the Atlantis Golf Challenge, where the players were asked to tee off from high in the hotel on to a man-made green in the middle of the sea.
The golfers went up to the 22nd floor of the Atlantis Hotel and off the balcony of the luxurious Royal Bridge Suite and tried to hit the ball onto the green that was in the water. The green was nine meters by five meters.
The Golfers included David Howell, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood. In the end, Westwood came away with the victory after his ball landed just four feet from the flag.
Westwood said: “It was great fun. I like challenges like this at the start of a week and today’s one certainly focused the mind with such a small target in the lagoon. I was fortunate to get the right club – a seven iron – and I manage to catch it perfectly.”
“Dubai is a special place for me. I’ve had a bit of success here and it’s great to be back for the DP World Tour Championship.”
Lee Westwood’s unique prize included a 5 night stay in one of the ocean themed Atlantis Underwater Suites, a lavish dinner at the newly launched Chinese restaurant, YUAN, as well as a sumptuous meal at the world-renowned Nobu. Westwood also won an Ultimate Dive, an opportunity to get up close and personal with the marine life in the amazing 11 million litre Ambassador Lagoon.