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Golf stars line up for Saadiyat classic

Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, will be the leading attractions at the second staging of the Saadiyat Beach Classic this year.

Paul Casey, twice a winner of the Abu Dhabi Championship, and Ian Poulter, his fellow Englishman who played a leading role Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States, will be the leading attractions at the second staging of the Saadiyat Beach Classic on January 24.

The charity event, hosted by Gary Player – who designed and oversaw the building of the seaside course – will also feature Europe’s captain, Colin Montgomerie; Matteo Manassero, the rising Italian talent; and popular Scandinavians Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Noren.

Player, the legendary South African who won all four major championships during his career, will also take part along with celebrities from sport and show business.

The tournament will involve a maximum of 20 teams of four players competing in a scramble format. Last year's event was won by Rory McIlroy's team.

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