Reuters - Wed, 09 Jun 13:28:00 2010
World number one Tiger Woods will fine tune his game ahead of The Open at a pro-am event in Ireland next month.
Woods, who has played in four tournaments since taking nearly five months off following revelations about his private life, spearheads a high-quality line-up at the July 5-6 JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am in County Limerick.
"Like my own Foundation, I understand the importance and necessity of raising funds to help deserving individuals. This tournament does just that," Woods said.
When the event was last staged in 2005 it raised more than 30 million euros (£25m) for charity.
Woods joins Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Robert Allenby, Padraig Harrington and Camilo Villegas in the field for the 36-hole pre-British Open competition.
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Kyle MacLachlan and the pop group Westlife are among the celebrities who have agreed to take part at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort.
The 150th Open starts at St Andrews on July 15.