IAN Poulter, Justin Rose and Paul McGinley will play in a £250,000 charity Pro-Am to help launch a new incarnation of the beautiful game called Zone Golf.
Invented by two former tour players, Van Phillips and Jeremy Kavanagh, the game is played on a par-three course involving spray-painted multi-coloured greens and three flags per hole.
Players must nominate the hole they are aiming for on the tee with zones scoring different points as they vary in difficulty.
Rose, who will be looking to win the Pro-Am in Chiswick on May 27, said: “Zone Golf is an exciting development for the golfing world and I can definitely see it popularising the game.”
The launch will also see other famous faces playing such as Tim Henman, Sir Steve Redgrave, Andrew Strauss and Jamie Redknapp.
If paired against a pro, the celebs will probably need to score a hole-in-one in the red zone on the last hole as that wins the match no matter how many points a player is behind.
Phillips said: “Your anticipation increases dramatically compared to ‘normal’ golf. Every single tee shot becomes critical because points are so heavily weighted towards hitting your zone on the green. In normal golf you miss the green and it’s no biggie - you could chip in for birdie. But not in Zone Golf – miss and you’re in trouble.
“I’ve played at the highest level and seen some exciting situations in my career – but this actually is more fun. It escalates the banter a hundred-fold. If you nominate red and get it, it really puts the pressure on.”
“It’s more accessible, it’s quicker, cheaper and it’s more fun!” he added.