Tour Pro LifeOctober 28, 2015

This week in pre-tournament promotions: Rory McIlroy takes on Charl Schwartzel in a cooking competition

Pro golfers beware: When you take an appearance fee to play in a tournament, you may wind up participating in slightly embarrassing activities. Usually this involves playing dress up, as was the case at the 2013 WGC-HSBC World Championship, which gave us this classic photo of Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner sullenly taking directions like kids in a school play:

But on Wednesday, the Turkish Airlines Open took things a step farther with the "Gourmet Golf Challenge." This cooking competition pitted Rory McIlroy against Charl Schwartzel, and had Golf Channel's Todd Lewis providing play-by-play commentary.

Each golfer was given ingredients and given an actual chef to work with. The golfers both seemed pretty eager participants (Again, cha-CHING), though, with McIlroy particularly getting into it with some vigorous stirring.

In the end, Rory's Mediterranean chicken dish, won the taste test versus Charl's South African beef (To be fair to Charl, he said he's more of a griller). Rory then tipped his chef's hat, fireworks went off, and "Eye of the Tiger" blared over the loudspeakers. Not kidding.

You can watch the "action" on Periscope. (Note: We do not recommend wasting your time doing that.)


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