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28 November 2009



Germany’s golfers are the fastest watchmakers OMEGA, the title sponsor of the World Cup of Golf being played at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, organized an unusual competition which was contested by some of the teams playing in the tournament. As a company with a global reputation for creating fine timepieces, OMEGA decided to let the two-man teams of professional golfers, who are representing their home countries in the World Cup, try their hands at watchmaking.

To participate in the watchmaking competition, the golfers visited the OMEGA Boutique at Mission Hills. Observed by a master watchmaker, one member of the team had to remove two tiny components from a watch movement and it was his teammate’s task to put them back in place. Their efforts were timed and when the intense competition ended on Saturday, the results were announced.

In a closely-fought competition, the German team of Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka were the fastest with a time of two minutes 19.7 seconds. Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher of England were less than two seconds behind and third place went to Japanese players Hiroyuki Fujita and Ryuji Imada who trailed their British rivals by about four seconds.

The OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup has a roster which features some of the game’s greatest players from the most established golfing nations but also includes teams from counties where professional golf is still in its infancy. In the Watchmaking Competition, the field was levelled and all of the participating teams were able distinguish themselves as the masters of a different set of skills than those required in their sport.