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Golf: Rose wins pro, team prizes at World Celebrity Pro-Am in Hainan

Justin Rose (third left) and Feng Xiaogang (second right) received their trophies from Gary Player (second left) and Morgan Freeman (third right), flaked by Dr Ken Chu (far left) and Tenniel Chu of Mission Hills.

Justin Rose (third left) and Feng Xiaogang (second right) received their trophies from Gary Player (second left) and Morgan Freeman (third right), flanked by Dr Ken Chu and Tenniel Chu of Mission Hills. Photos: PSI for Mission Hills.

October 26, 2014: Justin Rose won both the pro and team titles at the rain-shortened Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am, which featured only five holes on Sunday following the nine holes played on Saturday.

 

The English Ryder Cup star finished at five-under-par over the famous Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou to top the pro individual category, overtaking Simon Dyson, who was six-under after the first day’s nine holes.

 

Justin Rose won the individual pro title (pictured), while also partnering film director Feng Xiaogang to victory in the pro-celebrity team event.

Justin Rose won the individual pro title (pictured), while also partnering film director Feng Xiaogang to victory in the pro-celebrity team event.

Rose and Feng Xiaogang, China’s most celebrated film director, won the pro-celebrity team title, with the latter taking charge during the prize presentation, twice pointing out to the golf pro which cameras to face. Chinese actor Sun Nan won the celebrity individual title.

 

Rose, 34, was full of praise for the third edition of the biennial tournament, which featured 24 pro golfers – including Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter and captain Paul McGinley – paired with celebrities over two days.

 

“I’ve seen people laughing, smiling and joking, and there’s been camaraderie on and off the golf course. I’ve been making new friends with some of these people that I’ve really looked up to, including Gary Player, Morgan Freeman and Yao Ming,” said Rose, who on Tuesday will play Poulter in a matchplay event to celebrate the first anniversary of their co-designed Rose-Poulter Course at Mission Hills Dongguan.

 

“That has been the most memorable thing about this tournament. That and understanding all the great things that are being done here at Mission Hills, with the commitment to the game and commitment to growing golf here in China, such as the programmes that are being run to bring families together and to bring young children into the game.”

 

As well as Rose, Poulter and McGinley, golf greats included nine-time major champion Gary Player and fellow major winners John Daly, Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke, Rich Beem and women’s World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen.

 

English golfer Danielle Montgomery, two-time major winner John Daly, Hollywood star Jessica Alba, musician Kenny G and former World No. 1 Greg Norman illustrate the marriage of sport and entertainment at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am. Photos: Power of Sport Images for Mission Hills.

English golfer Danielle Montgomery, two-time major winner John Daly, Hollywood star Jessica Alba, musician Kenny G and former World No. 1 Greg Norman illustrate the colourful combo of sport and entertainment.

Celebrities included Hollywood stars Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Alba, musician Kenny G and sporting greats Yao Ming, Clarence Seedorf and Evgeni Plushenko. Mission Hills Haikou awarded Freeman, Player and Yao special ‘Spirit of Sport’ awards.

 

Dr Ken Chu, CEO and Chairman of Mission Hills Group, said: “I would like to thank all the world-renowned celebrities and the world’s best golf professionals here with us this weekend for their help towards stimulating the popularity of golf in China, for helping to promote Hainan and Haikou tourism, and for all the hard work that you have done towards putting China on the world map of golf.”

 

Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund and Yao Ming Foundation. Sponsors included American Express, Porsche, Stella Artois, Tibet 5100, Kohler, Lindt, San Pellegrino and Appletiser.

 

Spectators carrying caricatures of the participants pour into the Blackstone Course despite the rain.

Spectators carrying caricatures of the participants pour into the Blackstone Course on Sunday despite the rain.

For more information, visit: www.missionhillswcpa.com/en-us

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