Callaway hosts unique golf and football event at Ibrox Stadium
Callaway Golf rocked up to Ibrox Stadium Monday night with an awesome golf and football event to help kick-off the start of this week’s Open Championship.
Masters champion Danny Willett and new Rangers signing Joey Barton were the standout competitors on the night, with a total of 10 teams participating – all featuring a Callaway staff player and Rangers player or coach, competing in a nearest the pin challenge and penalty shootout.
Each player had two shots in the nearest the pin challenge (which consisted of a 118-yard pitch from the director's box into the centre circle with a points system around the hole), while the penalty shootout took place on the pitch.
Willett teamed with six-handicapper Barton and the pair ran out the overall winners by just five points, all thanks to Willett converting one of his two penalties and Barton netting both of his.
Callaway made the occasion even more fun by creating one-off red, white and blue Rangers versions of its popular Chrome Soft golf balls, and special footballs featuring the company’s revolutionary Truvis technology.
"You could say the pitch shot got me ready for Troon’s famous ‘Postage Stamp’ eighth – almost exactly the same distance," said Willett.
"It was great fun to partner Joey, even though I’m a Liverpool fan!"
Barton said: "As a huge golf fan, it's a privilege for me to be paired with Danny Willett. I've followed his rise to become current Masters Champion closely. He is a superb example of what can be achieved with hard work, good daily habits and total inner belief."
Callaway Golf Staff Players & Rangers Football Club Players
TEAM WILLETT Danny Willett / Joey Barton
TEAM STENSON: Henrik Stenson / Kenny Miller
TEAM GRACE: Branden Grace / Jim Stewart
TEAM WARREN: Marc Warren / John Brown
TEAM PIETERS: Thomas Pieters / Tom Walsh
TEAM NOREN: Alex Noren / David Weir
TEAM APHIBARNRAT: Kiradech Aphibarnrat / Ryan Hardie
TEAM BROBERG: Kristoffer Broberg / Josh Windass
TEAM MORRISON: James Morrison / Martyn Waghorn
TEAM PORTEOUS: Haydn Porteous / Mark Warburton
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