Wales had a great start – heading straight to the top of the leader board after beating Ireland in the first round. Philip was paired with Andrew Howard for his match and was drawn against the pairing of Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden. Philip and Andrew won the match 5-4, despite Philip hitting 3 bogeys and 3 double bogeys!
After the first round the table was as follows:
THRU VPAR TOTAL
1 Wales 9 +19 15
2 Scotland 9 +16 14
3 England 9 +18 13
4 Ireland 9 +17 12
After the first round, all the celebrities took part in a ‘hole-in-one’ challenge on the 9th green, in aid of the Caron Keating Foundation and the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign. Sadly none of the celebrities made the shot. Luckily, they get another shot tomorrow.
However, despite Wales winning the majority of their matches, defending champions Scotland leapfrogged them to top the table, after beating Ireland. This is how the table looked at the end of the day.
THRU VPAR TOTAL
1 Scotland 18 +34 29
2 Wales 17 +36 26.5
3 England 17 +32 24.5
4 Ireland 18 +34 23
The players then spent the evening relaxing at a star-studded gala dinner at the resort. Let’s hope they aren’t feeling too delicate in the morning. The day will kick off with Wales against Scotland in Round 3 (Philip will be paired with Gareth Edwards and they will face Kenny Logan and Gavin Hastings). Then after another hole in one challenge, the top two teams will battle it out in the final, whilst the bottom two will face a third/fourth place play off.
If you can make it to Newport, South Wales for the second day, there will be tickets available on the gate, priced at £22. If you can't make it you can follow the live scoreboard here and keep an eye on our dedicated photo gallery for shots of Phil from the event.