Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose take on Ryder Cup rivals Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson once again… this time at badminton!
- The cream of Europe and the USA locked horns at the Ryder Cup last month
- Now a few of the world’s best golfers have swapped clubs for badminton rackets
- Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were among those to take part
European heroes Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari have resumed their rivalry with Americans Dustin Johson and Brooks Koepka… but with a twist.
The cream of European and American golf did battle at Paris’ Le Golf National last month, with the home side triumphing over three action-packed days.
Now members of the two teams have done battle once more, after swapping their golf clubs for badminton rackets and shuttlecocks.
Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson in Shanghai
The golfers swapped their clubs for badminton rackets before renewing their Ryder Cup rivalry
Rose enjoys a hit with former world No 1 badminton star Wang Lin of China on Tuesday
With the aim of growing golf in China, the five players came together ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai.
The golfers were seen enjoying a game of doubles and Rose even had a hit with China’s former world No 1 badminton star Wang Lin.
Koepka said: ‘It started off as a bit of fun, but when we got going there was definitely some friendly competition between the two sides!’
The Open champion and current World No 6 Molinari added: ‘It was great to once again line-up alongside some of my European team-mates, this time on a badminton court rather than a golf course.
‘What took place at Le Golf National was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my professional life.’
The five golfers and Wang Lin pose for photographs after enjoying their game
Rose and McIlroy, two of Europe’s heroes at the recent Ryder Cup, strike a pose
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