Hollywood superstars, sporting legends and
golfing greats will converge on China in October for the Mission
Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am.
The guest list for the
eagerly-awaited week of golf, glamour and gala events reads like a
Who’s Who of global show business and elite sporting endeavour.
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Chris Evans and Nicole Kidman are
being lined up to appear, and dazzling actress Jessica Alba is
also confirmed to take part, as is music maestro
Sporting icons heading to the globally-televised
World Celebrity Pro-Am include two Olympic legends, Russian ice
skater Evgeni Plushenko, Chinese gymnast Li Ning, and
former Portuguese international footballer Luís Figo.
China’s basketball legend and former NBA star Yao Ming will also
take part in the tournament for the second time. The retired
athlete remains one of the most influential sporting figures in
Top golfers confirmed for the
tournament include reigning US Open champion Justin Rose, the
flamboyant Ian Poulter, multiple Major winners Gary Player, Greg
Norman and John Daly, and Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain, Paul
Other professional golfers
confirmed to join the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am are
Major winner Rich Beem and top female players Danielle Montgomery,
Carly Booth, Joanna Klatten, Linda Wessberg, Caroline Martens,
Sharmila Nicollet, Maria Balikoeva, Diana Luna and Lee-Anne Pace.
In total, participants in this year’s
star-spangled event have collected more than 160 acting awards,
over 100 music awards, 35 Olympic and World Championship medals
and a staggering 335 professional golf victories, including 15
China’s entertainment industry will be well
represented by film director, Feng Xiaogang,
acclaimed actors Chen Daoming and Wang Zhiwen, and singer Sun Nan.
Hong Kong celebrities taking part include film director
Sammo Hung, actors Donnie Yen, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Natalis
Chan, Michael Wong and Ruco Chan, and actress Miriam Yeung.
The third edition of the World Celebrity Pro-Am will be held
from 24-26 October at the fully-integrated Mission Hills Haikou Resort on the tropical island of Hainan.
will see 24 professional golfers and 24 celebrities come together
for a bonanza of action and entertainment – including the
first-ever staging in China of the new combination sport that is
taking Europe by storm, football-golf.
For the first time,
the World Celebrity Pro-Am will feature a Ryder Cup-style format,
with the 24 celebrities divided into two teams for an
Entertainment v Sport showdown. Each celebrity will be paired with
a professional golfer and the teams will face off over two rounds
of fourball betterball.
While assisting their celebrity
playing partners, the professional golfers will also be competing
for an individual prize fund of US$1 million.
“The World Celebrity Pro-Am will, once again, bring
together some of the biggest stars in show business and sport for
a golf-and-entertainment spectacular that will make headlines
around the world,” Mission Hills Chairman and CEO Dr. Ken Chu and
Vice Chairman Mr. Tenniel Chu said in a joint statement.
The World Celebrity
Pro-Am will be played on Mission Hills Haikou’s signature
Blackstone Course which hosted the World Cup of Golf in 2011, “The
Match at Mission Hills” between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy last
October and the recent World Ladies Championship, won by world
No.1 Inbee Park.
The fun will start early, on Thursday 23
October, with celebrities taking part in a football-golf challenge
on a specially constructed course. Players will be kicking a
football towards the pin and aiming to outscore each other on a
series of par-three, par-four and par-five holes.
traditional pro-celebrity-amateur practice round will take place
on Friday 24 October followed by Red Carpet, Cocktail Reception,
Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner, all taking place at Mission
Hills Haikou • Lan Kwai Fong, the resort’s new entertainment
The World Celebrity Pro-Am itself will be played
over two rounds at the weekend, while Saturday evening will also
feature a Celebrities and Players Appreciation Party at Mission
Hills Haikou • H. Brothers • Feng Xiaogang Movie Town, the
recently-opened tourist attraction that features vintage street
settings from Feng’s classic movies, state-of-the-art film
studios, an array of shopping and dining options and countless
other entertainment and leisure features.
edition of the World Celebrity Pro-Am, in 2012, was won by top
American professional Matt Kuchar and actor Andy Garcia, while Kuchar also captured the individual trophy.
Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am is sponsored by American Express,
Porsche, Stella Artois, Kohler, Lindt, San Pellegrino and Appletiser.
“At American Express we harness our global
network of resources and capabilities to deliver exclusive,
uplifting experiential leisure and lifestyle events to holders of
American Express branded products,” said Mr. YC Koh, President, Asia, Card Services of American Express. “Crafting of
pre-eminent events from golf championships such as the World
Celebrity Pro-Am, private showings, fine dining to pre-sale events
of prestigious brands are just some of the activities which
underscore our commitment to service excellence and constant
innovation in delivery of inspiring lifestyle experiences. I look forward to extending compelling exclusive packages for
the World Celebrity Pro-Am to holders of American Express branded
products where they can enjoy a magnificent weekend of golf,
wellness and entertainment at a stunning venue.”
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