Celebs tee off in TV golf showdown
A string of A-list celebrities was today announced to take part in an “all-star” golfing showdown featuring teams from Europe and America.
The event, masterminded by television host Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both keen golfers, features Colin Montgomerie and Mark O’Meara as the non-playing captains of the European and US teams respectively.
The All-Star Cup will see two teams of 10 celebrities from the world of film, television and sport take part in “the ultimate golfing tournament” at the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales – the venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup matches.
Names confirmed on the European team are Chris Evans, Jodie Kidd, Boris Becker, Sir Steve Redgrave and James Nesbitt.
The American team boasts Samuel L Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Garcia, Chris O’Donnell and Haley Osment.
And it was hinted that the event could even feature Catherine Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas.
Jamie Theakston and Kirsty Gallacher will host the event, to be broadcast on Sky1 over the August Bank Holiday weekend between August 27 and 29.
Some of the celebrities at the Celtic Manor Resort today said the event promised to be competitive.
Jodie Kidd, who has a handicap of 18, said: “I will take it very seriously.
“Two weeks, three weeks before, it will start getting very serious, I’m sure.”
She added: “I seem to do very male dominated sports so I feel quite comfortable on that level.
“I am naturally very competitive and I love golf.” She said she was looking forward to the event.
Chris Evans, with a handicap of 15, admitted he was nervous.
“They’re not going to be showing our best shots are they let’s face it and that’s why these two (Ant and Dec) aren’t in it,” he joked.
Evans said the event would be a “laugh” but added it would get “embarrassingly competitive”. He said he would be taking lessons before the event.
He said golf was a good sport for revealing people’s personalities.
Kirsty Gallacher who recently took part in Channel 4’s The Games said she would have liked to have played in the event “If I had the bottle”.
Both Gallacher and Theakston are golfers.
Further top names are due to be announced in the build up to the event.
And it was suggested that Zeta Jones and Douglas, who have not been confirmed as featuring, would be seen on the golf course.
Asked whether the celebrities might be appearing, executive producer Bob Massie said: “I think you can safely predict that may be the case.”
Dec described the show as “A fantastic sports entertainment event rather than a celebrity based reality show.”
He said that he and presenting partner Ant had been playing golf for a couple of years but joked: “We toyed with the idea of playing ourselves but we realised we would get really embarrassed by our level of expertise in the game.”
The All-Star Cup coverage will feature the celebrities’ nerve wracking preparations for the event as well as the tournament itself with a potential cash prize of £1 million up for grabs for one viewer.