• Former Wales rugby international Mike Phillips also takes to the course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Dubai, UAE: Liverpool FC midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain swapped his football boots for the golf clubs today with the England star among the amateurs to play alongside the world’s best stars at the AVIV Dubai Championship Pro-Am.

The 28-year-old, an avid fan of the sport, showcased his golf skills as he joined American professional Johannes Veerman, who had secured his first victory on the European Tour circuit this year at the D+D Real Czech Masters, and Christopher May, the CEO of Dubai Golf on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Other famous sports stars to take to the course was Mike Phillips, former Wales rugby international who made 94 appearances for the national team. The 39-year-old former scrumhalf played alongside Spanish professional Rafa Cabrera Bello, who most recently won last month’s Acciona Open de España.

The AVIV Dubai Championship kicks off on Thursday and will run until Sunday. It will be the last chance for players to qualify for the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship where the top-50 players on the Race to Dubai rankings on Sunday will battle it out on the Earth course at Jumeriah Golf Estates to be named European Number One.

The event has attracted a stellar field, featuring defending champion Antoine Rozner, former Race to Dubai winners Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer as well as World Number 27 Paul Casey and European Ryder Cup Captain, Padraig Harrington. 

Aviv Clinics, the title sponsor of the event, provide medical treatments to improve performance by enhancing cognitive and physical capabilities. The clinic is offering a unique hole-in-one prize where the first professional golfer to record a hole-in-one will receive a spot on its Golf Performance Program. 
Free general admission tickets are available here to watch the stars in action where they can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage offerings. The tournament will be live streamed on the European Tour You Tube Channel for those wanting to watch the action unfold remotely.

About The European Tour:

The European Tour is ‘Driving Golf Further’ through our guiding principles of being innovative, inclusive and global.

Innovative: The European Tour is driving innovation in golf through the creation of award-winning content, pioneering tournament formats and the use of the latest technology and inventive fan engagement. We have recognised the need for golf to modernise for future fans and we are committed to engaging new audiences whilst respecting the tradition of our sport.

Inclusive: We are committed to include all who share a love for the game of golf. We are passionate about a closer collaboration with the women’s game, disability golf and promoting the health benefits of playing golf.  

Global: Since the European Tour was formed in 1972, players from 36 different countries have won tournaments, while our live broadcast reaches more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. We also enjoy the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Callaway, DP World, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Hilton, Workday and Zoom as Official Partners.

The European Tour also manages the developmental Challenge Tour and the Legends Tour (formerly known as the Staysure Tour) which is the men’s professional golf tour for members aged 50 and older.

The European Tour is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.