Højgaard twins to team up for innovative Hero Challenge

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Nicolai Hojgaard is congratulated by his brother Rasmus Hojgaard on the18th green after securing his four shot win on day four at Ras al Khaimah (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard will team up for an exciting new televised exhibition event, the Hero Challenge, in Ras Al Khaimah on Tuesday with the Danish twins hoping to make it another Højgaard double following Nicolai’s spectacular DP World Tour victory last week.

“I always looking forward to playing with Rasmus, now we get nine holes with a fun tournament so it will be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Nicolai.

“I have full confidence in Rasmus, when we play together we trust each other 100%. Maybe it sounds a bit like we’re going to take it seriously, but we’re going to have fun for sure and try do our best while we’re having fun. We’ll see what happens.”

The Hero Challenge will feature 26 teams of two professionals per team playing over nine holes in a Texas Scramble best-ball format.

The event will be broadcast across the world and viewers will get a unique inside-the-ropes experience, with closer interaction between players and course commentators, and with certain players miked up throughout their round.

The Højgaards, who last year became the first brothers to each win a tournament in back-to-back weeks, are one of the many teams featuring players from the same country, with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and his Spanish compatriot Alfredo Garcia-Heredia playing in the same group as the Danes.

“I’m very excited, it looks like he’s driving the ball pretty good so that should make my job a little easier,” joked Rasmus.

“I think we’ll just go out and try have fun. It’s going to be a relaxed little competition. We’re here for two weeks so it’s nice to have something a little different to do, to have alittle nine hole competition is great and will just be a lot of fun.

“We’ve been talking about what we’re going to wear and maybe wearing the same outfit, it will be a little surprise I think!”

Marcus Armitage and Jordan Smith – a former winner in Ras Al Khaimah on the Challenge Tour, who finished runner-up to Højgaard last week – play in an all-English team while Scots Stephen Gallacher and Robert MacIntyre pair up hoping to claim the lion’s share of the $150,000 prize pot.

Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin and Jonathan Caldwell also team up, with the former looking to bounce back from a Saudi International missed cut while Caldwell looks to overcome a niggling injury having missed his first three cuts this year in the UAE.

An all-Swedish group, meanwhile, will feature Marcus Kinhult pairing up with Alexander Björk and they will play alongside a team featuring Sebastian Soderberg and Joakim Lagergren.

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