Tiger Woods, the world’s Number One ranked golfer, will join celebrities and golf professionals in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am tournament which takes place at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort in Adare, Ireland, on July 5th-6th.

“I am very happy to be joining this outstanding field,” Woods said. "Like my own Foundation, I understand the importance and necessity of raising funds to help deserving individuals. This tournament does just that."

Tiger, who has led the Official World Golf Rankings for the past 261 weeks and for a total of 603 weeks in his career, confirmed he will join the world class field for the charity tournament which supports charities and groups in the Irish Mid-Western Region. On its last staging in 2005, the tournament raised over €30 million for nominated charities.

“We are delighted Tiger has agreed to include the tournament in his schedule. Tiger has been a tremendous supporter of our endeavours to raise funds for causes in the region and I am sure everyone will appreciate his participation and give him a great Irish welcome on his return to Adare,” said tournament host JP McManus.

Twelve of the World’s current Top-15 ranked players have confirmed they will play in next month’s event: Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Robert Allenby, Pádraig Harrington (2005 Champion) and Camilo Villegas. These players will be joined by a list of celebrities who are also committed to playing in the tournament including film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Kyle Maclachlan and pop stars Westlife.

Eight local charities will benefit from the tournament.

With just under 4 weeks to go to the tournament, the excitement is building and to date, 24,800 entrance caps have been sold with only 5,200 remaining. Spectators are urged to buy their caps as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The “two-day entrance cap” for the 36-hole tournament can be purchased by choosing from eight different colored caps representing Ireland, Munster Rugby and each of the six Munster counties. At a cost of €50 each they can be bought from the website www.jpmcmanusproam.com or at selected retail outlets.

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