Callaway Golf pros, set to compete at this week's Open Championship went head-to-head in an event to showcase the company's technology and products.
The skills clash also included guest appearance by Liverpool and Scotland football legends Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen.
Despite facing a line-up of European Tour heavyweights, including 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell, Ryder Cup star Niclas Fasth, and Tour young guns Nick Dougherty and Oliver Wilson, the Rest of the World came out on top 11 points to eight.
Aussies Craig Parry, given the honour of hitting the first tee shot in The Open at Royal Birkdale tomorrow morning, and Brendan Jones were joined by Malaysia’s top golfer Danny Chia, long hitter Lam Chih Bing from Singapore, Philippine Open champion Angelo Que and Thai World Cup player Prayad Marksaeng.
After a closely fought 75-yard pitch shot challenge featuring Callaway's X-Tour wedges, X-Forged and X-Prototype irons provided the ammunition for Jones to hold a perfect 6-iron into a cross breeze, and finish within a few feet of the flag tod give his team the edge.
Callaway staff were particularly delighted that McDowell turned out for the challenge after racing down from Scotland, having claimed his Loch Lomond title the previous night.
“To win was a real door-opener for me," said Ulsterman McDowell (28), now second on the European Tour order of merit and virtually guaranteed a Ryder Cup spot.
"It certainly takes me a massive step towards The Ryder Cup team, which has been a dream this year. I really wanted to make it a multiple-win season – and I’ve done that.”
As well as peppering Loch Lomond flagsticks with his X-Forged irons, Fusion driver and Tour iX Ball, McDowell also played a Callaway X Fairway wood, FT hybrid, X-Tour wedges and Odyssey White Hot XG putter.
Callaway masterclass by Tour pros