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Federer and Schumacher spice up last day's action

It was a day of the champions at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday, with three of the biggest sporting icons in the world converging at the final day's play of the Dubai Desert Classic.

  • By Leslie Wilson Jr, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 5, 2007
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Regi Varghese/Gulf News
  • Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and tennis ace Roger Federer have a chat as Mark Steinberg (left), manager of Tiger Woods, looks on during the final round. Regi Varghese/Gulf News

Dubai: It was a day of the champions at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday, with three of the biggest sporting icons in the world converging at the final day's play of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Watching Tiger Woods take on a heavyweight field in the final round were his close friend and world number one tennis player Roger Federer and former world Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.

Federer is in Dubai to attend the Gillett champions' show at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, where he will be joined by Schumacher and French and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Schumacher presented new Desert Classic champion Henrik Stenson with the trophy while Federer offered Woods some words of consolation.

Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, Vice Chairman of golf in Dubai, was delighted with the super-star gathering: "It doesn't get better than this. For us, it was a day of champions.

"The presence of sportsmen of the calibre of Michael and Roger certainly added to the colourful atmosphere and helped enhance the event's stature."

Federer is a leading contender for the Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2007 Award.

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