MILLIONS of euro will be injected into Limerick’s economy, as movie stars and top professional golfers tee off in a post-Covid return of the JP MCManus Pro-Am next Monday and Tuesday.
The big attraction to the much-anticipated sixth Pro-Am at the Limerick billionaire’s luxury five-star Adare Manor, will be the American comeback kid, Tiger Woods, a personal friend of “Sundance Kid” McManus, who has rode out several personal scandals and survived a near fatal road traffic collision last year in which he suffered career-threatening leg injuries.
Woods, at 46, is a 15-major champion with 106 worldwide wins and he jointly holds the most PGA Tour wins (82) in history.
The grand scale fundraiser, enjoying its sixth year, will pump much-needed funding into Mid West-based charities who to date have benefitted from the prestigious event to the tune of €140 million.
2022 Masters contender Cameron Smith, 2020 Olympic Gold Medallist Xander Schauffele, and Harold Varner III have joined the field of participating professionals, as well as Hollywood acting legend Bill Murray, who has been staying in Limerick in the run up to the event.
The Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day star joins fellow US actor Mark Wahlberg and Irish star Jamie Dornan, in competing against golf elites that include 10 of the world’s top 11 golfers, to be broadcast live to millions of people across Sky Sports and The Golf Channel in the USA.
The current holders of the four Major championships – Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa line up alongside the likes of Woods, former Irish Ryder Cup captains Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, and 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry.
JP McManus told reporters: “We’re privileged to be joined by the world’s greatest golfers; those who have achieved so much in their careers and some incredible personalities to augment the occasion.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming them to the redesigned Golf Course of Adare Manor, quite a few of them joined us in previous years but may not have seen the work Tom Fazio and his team have done to the course since, and let’s hope for a bit of sunshine to really make what we expect to be a very special couple of days in Limerick.”
Organisers urged attendees not to travel to Adare manor by car unless they have pre-booked onsite parking by midnight this Thursday; this can be booked via www.jpmcmanusproam.com