Hitting balls at Hong Kong’s iconic trams and taxis all in a day’s work for Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood and friends
The Masters champion and the Race to Dubai winner take on the UBS Hong Kong Open Urban Golf Challenge
It may only have been a hit and giggle but Sergio Garcia showed his competitive streak knows no bounds at Friday night’s UBS Hong Kong Open Urban Golf Challenge.
It was all in the name of fun, of course, as Team Garcia and Team Fleetwood took potshots at taxis, pop-up fruit stores and even a makeshift tram on the roof of Central ferry pier four.
Tommy Fleetwood teamed up with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Gavin Green to take out the challenge, with Garcia quick to voice his displeasure for the crowd.
In fairness to the Spaniard, he and teammates Matthew Fitzpatrick and Li Haotong could have considered themselves unlucky after the rules went out the window when the final task of holing out proved elusive.
Regardless of the result, the players were in good spirits and seemed pleased to have something to take their minds off the task at hand at Fanling.
All six are either par or better for the tournament and in a position to reel in leader SSP Chawrasia (nine under) over the weekend.
With the city in the background, the players had the crowd laughing as the fun continued in the ensuing Q&A.
Fitzpatrick was quick to play along when it was suggested Hong Kong and his home of Sheffield share few similarities: “You could say that. I’m not sure if that’s an insult or not.”
Garcia was predictably quizzed about the pending birth of he and wife Angela’s first child and what he expects from 2018.
“Looks like not much sleep,” this year’s Masters champion replied, while Race to Dubai winner Fleetwood revealed he and his girlfriend are set to marry in two weeks: “I kept that quiet.”
Li, who has spent the past two days playing with Garcia and Justin Rose, joined in on the fun.
“It’s quite enjoyable to play with the Masters champion and a US Open champion, it was a very cool experience to play with those old guys,” he quipped.