World No.2 Dustin Johnson to play JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor

With one yearto go until the eagerly-anticipated sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro-Am, golf fans have been treated with the news that the world’s second ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, will compete at the event.

2018 Ryder Cup Day 1, Albatros Course, Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris 28/9/2018 Dustin Johnson tees off at the 3rd hole Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

In the latest announcement, Johnson is joined by nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar,2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, a three-time European Tour event winner who produced a superb performance at the Irish Open last weekend.

2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – Day 2, Lahinch Golf Club, Co. Clare 5/7/2019 Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

News on an imminent ticket cap price increase has also been announced. 

The quartet of players are the latest to join a line-up also including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Niall Horan and Mark Wahlbergin Adare next summer.

Johnson, who beat fellow Pro-Am participant Shane Lowry to win the 2016 US Open, will be making his second appearance at the charity event, having previously taken part in 2010. Since then, he has emerged as one of the game’s leading stars, amassing 22 professional wins, including his magnificent victory at Oakmont in 2016.

2014 Ryder Cup 23/9/2014 United States’ Matt Kuchar Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Getty Images

Johnson has been world no.1 as recently as February of this year, and in 2019 has recorded runner-up finishes at both The Masters and PGA Championship. He will be chasing that elusive second Major win next week in Northern Ireland.

Tournament host JP McManuswelcomed the four new participants for the event which is on course to once again sell out far in advance.

Dustin Johnson has been a great supporter of the Pro-Am in years past, so I’m delighted he will again join us in Limerick next summer. His career has delivered so much since the last Pro-Am and it’ll be a privilege for the spectators to see him in action.

The same goes for Graeme, Matt and Rafa – three superb golfers all showcasing the true nature of the event. I’d also strongly encourage anybody wishing to join us in Adare to get their ticket caps ASAP – with one year to go we have already sold a large quantity and we don’t want people disappointed to miss out.”

JP McManus
2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – Day 3, Lahinch Golf Club, Co. Clare 6/7/2019 Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain on the 17th hole Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The Pro-Am takes place July 6th-7th 2020 at the Tom Fazio redesigned Golf Course at Adare Manor. The course, along with the Adare Manor Hotel, reopened in 2017 after an extensive refurbishment which earned the hotel the prestigious ‘Hotel of the Year’ award in the Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’ in Las Vegas.

Once again, charitable organisations in the Mid-West will benefit from the Pro-Am, with millions raised since the event was first held in 1990. More celebrity and professional announcements will be made in the coming months. 

Ticket cap price increase

With a high number of Pro-Am ticket caps sold to date, the early bird price offer of €50 per cap will end once a further 4,000 are sold.

The price for the next batch will be €100 per cap, gaining attendees admission to both days of the tournament and raising additional funds for charitable organisations in the Mid-West region. 

Spectators are therefore urged to purchase from soon to avail of the €50 introductory price.

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