Xander Schauffele claims JP McManus Pro Am title after record breaking opening round

The American won by two shots in a stellar field of players.

American Xander Schauffele finished at -10 after 36 holes to claim the 2022 JP McManus Pro Am at the Adare Manor yesterday.

The Olympic Gold medallist held the lead after a record breaking 64 on Monday as he had to wait to see could the chasing pack reach his target.

Sam Burns came within one shot with Shane Lowry a further stroke behind with Schauffele’s second round of 70 enough to seal the win.

Xander Schauffele pictured at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick, with JP McManus and the 2022 JP McManus Pro-Am trophy, after winning the professional individual prize with a score of 10-under-par.

With the 150th Open Championship just around the corner, the world’s best descended on Adare for the 36 hole event.

Rory McIlroy who has moved into second in the world shot a second round of 68 while the main attraction of the event, Tiger Woods improved on his opening day total of 78 by three shots.

McIlroy finished in tied-sixth, five strokes back with Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

Elsewhere, Padraig Harrington finished in fifth while Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell ended the week on -2.

 Almost 40,000 spectators attended the two-day event, the sixth staging of the Pro-Am, with many millions once again raised for Irish charitable organisations.

The Ryder Cup in 2027 is to be played at the same course, returning to Ireland for the first time since 2006 when the K Club hosted the prestigious event.

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