Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will tee it up for charity in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am next month.
The world No 1 will be the star attraction at Adare Manor in Limerick alongside Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and a host of international stars from July 5-6.
In a statement on his website, Woods said: “I am very happy to be joining this outstanding field. Like my own Foundation, I understand the importance and necessity of raising funds to help deserving individuals. This tournament does just that.”
The two-day bash has raised more than €55m for charities in the Shannon region since it was first held at Limerick Golf Club in 1990.
After raising €1.2m in 1990 and €4m in 1995, the arrival of Woods saw the cash bonanza soar to €19.5m in 2000 and a massive €31m at Adare Manor five years ago.
Tournament host McManus said: “We are delighted Tiger has agreed to include the tournament in his schedule.
“Tiger has been a tremendous supporter of our endeavors 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.”
It will be Woods’ first appearance outside the US since he confessed to extra-marital affairs and comes just 10 days before the Open Championship at St Andrews.
Woods is expected to jet straight to Limerick from Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania following the AT&T National, a tournament hosted by Woods with the benefits going to his foundation.
Woods was once a frequent visit to Ireland where he enjoys fishing. He has also used some of Ireland’s top links courses to prepare for the Open and has played at venues such as The European Club, Portmarnock and Royal County Down on previous visits.
McManus has secured a stellar field with Woods joined by dozens of the world’s top players including Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Robert Allenby, Camilo Villegas, Angel Cabrera, John Daly and Graeme McDowell.
Many celebrities and sports figures will also play, including actors Michael Douglas and Samuel L Jackson.
All the proceeds go to charity and fans can purchase “two-day entrance caps” (valid both days) for the 36-hole tournament at a cost of €50 each.
They can be purchased from the website www.jpmcmanusproam.com or at selected retail outlets.