McDowell to Play ‘Best Course in Middle East’

Yas Links, Abu Dhabi, described by Golf Course Architecture magazine as the “best golf course in the Middle East,” has welcomed Northern Ireland’s US Open Champion Graeme McDowell to the launch of The Invitational Tournament, which will take place on January 17, 2011.

Graeme McDowell and World Number One Lee Westwood will be among an all-star line-up of 52 leading professional golfers joining 52 specially invited amateur players at the world’s most prestigious Pro-Am three days before the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The Northern Ireland golfer praised the acclaimed Kyle Phillips-designed links course on Yas Island.

Graeme McDowell said: “Kyle Phillips is obviously highly regarded as a designer. I am really looking forward to The Invitational next year. It’s going to be a bit warmer than the links courses I am used to, but if the wind blows here then it might make me feel more at home.”

Yas Links is part of a world-class leisure development on Yas Island, and is home to the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, venue of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the spectacular Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park.