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Nice shot, Michael. Nice shot, Catherine

Aug 29 2005

Molly Watson, Western Mail


The War Of The Joneses teed off in Wales yesterday between Hollywood husband and wife and between Europe and the US.

THE celebrity "Ryder Cup" in Wales is billed "us against the US."

More importantly the All Star Cup 2005 at Newport's Celtic Manor resort pitted one of Hollywood's most famous husband and wife teams against each other.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, for the Europeans, cut a striking figure in white trousers, green polo shirt and superstar sunglasses. A few metres away, her husband Michael Douglas, for the Americans, calculated his next shot.

Douglas famously starred in the hit movie War Of The Roses, about a warring married couple. Yesterday, it became War Of The Joneses.

A cross-section of film stars, models and sporting legends teed off for the first of two days of out and out rivalry in the name of charity. Former England and Arsenal star Ian Wright was teamed up with Zorro Returns star Zeta-Jones in her contest with Douglas and Cheryl Ladd, of Charlie's Angels fame.

Battle commenced.

Team USA also counted actor Rob Lowe, former Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz, Sixth Sense star Haley Osment, comedian George Lopez, actor Patrick Duffy, former American footballer Boomer Esiason and saxophonist Kenny G amid its 10-strong ranks.

For team Europe fans had the chance to cheer on not just Swansea-born Zeta-Jones but model Jodie Kidd, rugby player Matt Dawson, Sir Steve Redgrave, Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, ex-Manchester United star goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt, singer Ronan Keating and media millionaire Chris Evans.

But it was the US team which emerged from the first day's competition ahead after they won all but one of the pairings to reach the halfway stage with a 48-42 lead.

Zeta-Jones lost the battle of the spouses with Michael Douglas by 10 to 7 , leaving Evans and Keating as the only pair to win their game.

Despite engaging in some outright gamesmanship during his match by conceding the odd putt, Michael Douglas said he'd thoroughly enjoyed his day of golf in Wales.

He joked, "It was a bit of a psychological ploy. We decided to allow them a few 'gimmes' on the front nine, but on the back nine they didn't have any. We had a beautiful day, and it was a good event, and we raised a lot of money for charity."

One lowlight for Douglas's wife came when she was forced to fend off a bee attracted by the fake flower in her hair.

She said, "Trust me to wear a fake flower in the countryside! It was not just any normal bee, but it was a monster bee. It kept attacking me and it wouldn't let up."

Thousands - sports fans and celebrity spotters alike - watched the tournament, the brainchild of TV presenters Ant & Dec.


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