FOWLER BOWLED OVER BY CHAMPIONSHIP VILLAGE

Rickie Fowler explored the Championship Village before taking on tennis legend Tim Henman at his own game

Families and friends soaked up the vibrant atmosphere as fans embraced the Championship’s Wear Red Day

21 January 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAE: Reigning Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner and fan favourite Rickie Fowler today explored the Championship Village after his round, joining thousands of visitors who embraced the ‘Wear Red Day'.

After an intense 18 holes, the young American made his way to the Village to check out a host of stations whilst mingling with his fans. The Mercedes-Benz ambassador checked out the pop-up installation from the motor brand, even taking time to sit in the stylish G500 4x4 Squared. Fowler also admired the Red Bull Air Race and Abu Dhabi Tour activities.

Fowler found out golf isn’t the only sport in the Village for visitors to test their hand at, as he took to centre court to face former British tennis number one and HSBC Ambassador Tim Henman. The two had a jovial rally as crowds watched on, only to see youngsters encouraged to play immediately after.

An excited onlooker said: “Seeing Rickie up close has made my day,” explained the youngster. “I watched him play tennis – which I also love to play – so that was cool, but seeing him play golf was just awesome. I want to go play, now!”

The popular Wear Red Day, giving guests free entrance and a chance to win prizes if they dressed in Championship red, saw a rush of rouge across the Village, with people of all ages making good use of their best red attire.

The driving range was equally busy, as the famed Trickshot Boys dazzled crowds – and pros – with their array of tricks and talents. The HSBC Hour also saw lucky guests have complimentary golf lessons under the watchful eye of club professionals.

The Championship Village has once again proved the perfect way for friends and families to relax, kick back and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Giant beanbags made for comfy chilling, while a host of seating spots allowed patrons to bathe in the sun, soak up the sounds from the Village DJ whilst enjoying the food and refreshment offerings.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and finishes on 22 January 2017 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Tickets and tailored packages are available from www.ticketmaster.ae/artist/abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship-tickets/929325 at AED 50 for a daily pass. Guests staying at any Abu Dhabi hotel over the Championship period enter free. For more information, visit www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com.