VIDEO: Pro Golfers compete on Atlantis balcony

European Tour golfers see who can get closest to pin on floating barge

The Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort Dubai.

Five of the European Tour's best players took part in a closest-to-the-pin contest with a difference at the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai this week, reports

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Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, David Howell, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer all took turns to hit balls from the hotel's Royal Bridge Suite to a green on a barge anchored 22 floors and 300 feet below.

The green measured a mere 10 yards by 6 yards in size, floating 235 yards out beyond the hotel's swimming pool and beach in the Arabian Gulf.

The contestants each got to hit 10 shots with Lee Westwood eventually emerging on top with a shot that wound up just four feet away from the flag. His victory was confirmed by an impromptu guest referee – Ian Poulter, decked out in pink swim trunks, who gave up his spot on the beach to join the official referee in delivering the verdict.

''It was great fun. I like challenges like this at the start of a week and today's one certainly focused the mind with such a small target in the lagoon,'' said Westwood. ''I was fortunate to get the right club – a 7-iron – and I manage to catch it perfectly.''

Westwood received a trophy for his victory, along with a special luxury package that includes a five-night stay in one of the ocean-themed Atlantis Underwater Suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the Ambassador Lagoon and its 65,000 marine inhabitants.

Next up for Westwood and the 59 other players in Dubai this week is the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour's version of the Tour Championship. The tournament has an $8 million purse along with a $3.75 million bonus poll to be divided among the top finishers as the season long Race to Dubai comes to an end.


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