Stars from sport and entertainment gather in China for World Celebrity Pro-Am

HAIKOU, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Oscar winner Michael Douglas and Wimbledon champion Boris Becker were among a galaxy of stars from the world of sport and entertainment who have gathered for a week of golf and glamour at the 2016 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am on the tropical island of Hainan in China here on Friday.

Basketball Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Yao Ming have also arrived at the Mission Hills Resort in the city of Haikou, together with Hollywood heartthrob Jeremy Renner - Oscar-nominated for his lead role in The Hurt Locker - and a host of footballing legends, including Manchester United stars Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Lee Sharpe and David May and Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia and Gary McAllister.

These iconic athletes and entertainment stars will be gracing the fairways of the signature Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou alongside golfing greats Gary Player, John Daly, Mark O' Meara and Rich Beem - winners of 14 Major Championships between them - plus an equally impressive foursome of LPGA stars Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist.

Local favorite Li Haotong, winner of the European Tour's Volvo China Open earlier this year, will make up the field of nine elite golfers who will be competing over two rounds of individual stableford from October 22-23 for a prize purse of US$ 1 million - with US$250,000 going to the winner.

The golfers will also be playing alongside their celebrity partners in a separate bid for the team title.

The biennial Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am was established in 2010 as Asia's first and only pro-celebrity golf tournament.

[ Editor: Xueying ]


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