Man United legend Lee Sharpe to feature at charity golf event at Emirates Golf Club

Matt Jones 8/09/2018
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Sharpe (r) celebrates United's 1991 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup win with Mike Phelan and Bryan Robson.

Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe will be the special guest at the DSA Open being staged at Emirates Golf Club later this week.

Sharpe – who won a host of honours with the Red Devils in Sir Alex Ferguson’s early tenure at Old Trafford – will take part in a charity golf event during the day on Thursday, September 13, before being the guest speaker at a question and answer session in the evening.

The event is part of the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series and is being organised by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10.

The occasion is held to support and raise awareness of treatment for three-year-old Mohammad Sameer Abdullah’s treatment, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Sharpe, who won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups with United, established his own foundation after retiring, the Lee Sharpe Foundation, so was all too happy to get involved this week.

Emirates Golf Club will play host to the event on Thursday, September 13.

Emirates Golf Club will play host to the event on Thursday, September 13.

“I’ve had my own foundation for the last 12 years so I try and do my bit,” said the 47-year-old.

“We raise funds for children’s cancers and charities, stillborn charities, anything kid-related, we make a donation every year.

“As a footballer, I think it’s important to get involved in charitable events and causes because we can. You have the opportunity as a footballer and the support of a lot of people.

“It’s a family run charity, run by family friends Colin and Tina Booth who do a great job. We generally raise between £15-20,000 on the night of our annual gala dinner.”

Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis course will kick-off proceedings on Thursday, with the golf getting under way at 13:30 in a shotgun start.

That will be followed by a barbecue and refreshments and then an ‘evening with Lee Sharpe’, a former player renowned as one of the best after dinner speakers on the circuit.

The event and evening dinner are now sold out but interested parties are encouraged to get in touch via e-mail in order to be added to the waiting list.

Sharpe has been holidaying in Dubai for a number of years and can’t wait to get out on the course at Emirates GC.

“A friend of a friend, Steve Kelshaw, is sponsoring the event. I know him and a friend of his, Simon Hurd, who’s a golfer. They asked me if I fancied coming over to help out Mohammed,” added Sharpe, who joined United from Torquay in 1988 and played for the Red Devils for eight years, before leaving for rivals Leeds United in 1996.

“I love Dubai, the place, I love golf and to raise awareness for a good cause is always a bonus.

“I’ve been coming tom Dubai for the last 20-25 years maybe. I’ve seen a lot of changes but throughout all of them I still think the Emirates (golf club) is my favourite along with the Creek.

Sharpe was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1988.

Sharpe was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1988.

“I love coming over here. I love the place, the people, the service, the weather, the golf, it’s all five star.”

Sharpe won the PFA Young Player of the Year award while at United following the 1990/91 season, having helped the club to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup that season.

Other sporting and non-sporting celebrities to have taken part in the ever-growing series are Teddy Sheringham, Mike Tindall, Michael Campbell, Didi Hammann, Gary McAllister, Harry Redknapp as well as former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.

Matt Le Tissier is already confirmed for the grand final of the series, which also doubles up as the Mike Clark Golf Day on Thursday, November 1, which is also being played in Dubai, at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

*To register your interest for the event, email [email protected] and for more information head to www.swingagainstcancer.com.

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Matt Wallace disappointed to miss out on 'goal' and 'dream' by being overlooked for Ryder Cup

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Matt Wallace has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on wild-card selection for this month’s Ryder Cup.

The 28-year-old Englishman was tipped as a potential captain’s pick for Europe after winning his third European Tour title this year at the Made in Denmark tournament last week.

Wallace finished superbly with eight birdies in his final 11 holes in Aarhus but it was not enough to sway the thinking of watching European captain Thomas Bjorn for the match in Paris.

Wallace told Sky Sports: “Obviously I’m disappointed because that was my goal and my dream. I thought I showed enough on the Sunday in front of him to get a pick.

“But I fully back Team Europe now to go and give the Americans a good go. Hopefully I can be there supporting or helping them out.”

It has been suggested that Wallace could still be invited to the event in Paris as an observer by Bjorn but no decision has yet been taken.

Bjorn also overlooked the credentials of Thomas Pieters and Matthew Fitzpatrick – both of whom played at Hazeltine two years ago – as he opted for the experienced quartet of Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter.

Wallace, Pieters and Fitzpatrick were all in action together in the same group for the opening round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland on Thursday.

“We were the rejects,” joked Pieters.

Asked if the Ryder Cup subject arose during their round, Pieters said: “No Ryder Cup chat – all just normal chat, whatever we talk about on the course.”

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Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has handed Ryder Cup wild cards to Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

The quartet join automatic qualifiers Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy in the Europe team.

Bjorn will be hoping those 12 men can regain the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris from September 28-30.

With five rookies in the eight automatic choices, Bjorn has stacked his captain’s picks with experience.

Garcia’s selection is perhaps the most contentious as his form has been poor this year, missing the cut at all four majors, but the Dane insists his contribution in the locker room will be just as important as on the golf course.

He said: “You’ve got to look at Sergio in certain ways. He is the heartbeat of the team, it like a football team going without a captain.

“Not only is he a fantastic golfer, but he also makes everyone around him better.

“He is what is great about the European team room, he is everything that European Ryder Cup is about.

“I watched him as a player and I watched him as a vice-captain and there is just something about him.”

Poulter’s selection is no surprise owing to his brilliant record in the competition, winning 12 of his 18 Ryder Cup matches while he also won on the PGA Tour earlier this year.

Bjorn added: “When he won in Houston, I thought he was on the track to be part of this team. The thing about Ian is when he gets confident and gets believing… I met him in the parking lot in Augusta he was like, ‘Right, I’m going to be there, I’m going to be part of your team’.

“That’s what he is all about, doing it on the big stage, he is a man for the occasion, he really is just a special person.

“The way he kept playing and kept talking that this was his only main focus, he was back in that frame of mind we like seeing.”

Casey makes his return to the European side for the first time in a decade, having regained his European Tour card last year in a bid to make the side.

Bjorn described his pick as a “no-brainer”, saying: “Paul’s commitment in what he was wanting to do, he has really shown that he has missed this part of his life and with a it really was a no-brainer for me to bring him back.

“He is world class, this is what he does, he brings world class golf to the team and he is a wonderful match player too, so it’s great to have him back.”
2016 Open winner Stenson made up the wild cards, despite suffering from injury recently.

“As soon as I knew what his focus was, it really wasn’t a big problem for me to pick him,” the captain said.

“The stature that he has, the person he is, the calmness he brings to the team room, he is very good at looking after the youngsters.

“He’s a very good guy to have around and he is a strong player.

“If I had written down 12 names before I started y captaincy it wouldn’t have been far away from this, I am very delighted with this team, I am proud to captain these 12 players. ”

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