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Rivals Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth clash on the golf course - but on scooters

By Claire Williamson

Published 20/01/2016

THE 'RIDER CUP' DESERT CHALLENGE 2016

Hey Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth....What a shame you can't use these boards in the actual Ryder Cup!! #anyonesgame #adgolfchamps

Posted by Rory McIlroy on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have clashed on the golf course - but not in the way you might expect.

In a little light relief ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship the Holywood golfer had some fun taking part in the 'Rider Cup Desert Challenge'.

The challenge included riding motorised GolfBoards down the fairway.

The World Number three was up against Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth.

As the players joked around after the event- the Co Down man who infamously injured his ankle playing football and had to miss defending his title at the St Andrews Open - claimed that Spieth tried to take him out on the course.

He said: "Actually Jordan nearly took me out.

"We collided halfway down the fairway. Thankfully I didn't fall off.

"There was two settings on the GolfBoards. There's a high and a low. The low is six miles an hour and the high was at 14. So at the start, they were saying, okay, just put it on the low setting at six, and obviously didn't want us to go too fast. And when we actually needed to race, we all put it to high.

"It was quite competitive but it was really good fun. It was a nice way to start the week.

"You can't wrap yourself up in cotton wool all the time. That doesn't mean I'm going to step foot on a football pitch any time soon, but at the same time you can still do things and still enjoy your life."

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jordan Spieth of the United States pictured riding a Golfboard in The Rider Cup Desert Challenge at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jordan Spieth of the United States pictured riding a Golfboard in The Rider Cup Desert Challenge at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
(L to R) Jordan Spieth of the United States, Rickie Fowler of the United States and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland are pictured riding a Golfboard in 'The Rider Cup Desert Challenge' at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is pictured riding a Golfboard in 'The Rider Cup Desert Challenge' at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jordan Spieth of the United States pictured riding a Golfboard in 'The Rider Cup Desert Challenge' at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler of the United States,Jordan Spieth of the United States,Henrik Stenson of Sweden,and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland take a selfie while on a 'Golfboard' during a photocall at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler of the United States,Jordan Spieth of the United States,Henrik Stenson of Sweden,and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland take a selfie while on a 'Golfboard' during a photocall at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club prior to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Current world number one Spieth said that the collision with McIlroy was not deliberate and in a nod to Rory's previous injury added that he was glad his ankles stayed on the board.

He said: "He's one very good player that I could have taken out of the field.

"We were instructed to go through a pretty narrow gap and there was four of us on the GolfBoards.

"So Rickie and Henrik were out front and Rory and I were kind of going this way together and I kind of slowed down and bumped the back of his board. Fortunately his ankles stayed on the board, so that was nice.

"It was not deliberate. It was the first time I think for everybody on those boards. We're just happy that we're all standing today and ready to go."

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