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Furyk, Els And Allenby Confirmed To Play In The Jp Mcmanus Invitational Pro-Am 2010

Furyk and Els have 86 worldwide career victories between them and are joined by in-form Australian Robert Allenby, recent back-to-back winner of the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City and the Australian PGA Championship, in the elite field. Pádraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy have previously committed to play in the tournament.

In winning the Chevron World Challenge, Jim Furyk brought an end to a two-year winless drought which stretched back to the 2007 Canadian Open. The 39-year-old American has been one of golf's most consistent players since turning professional in 1992 and has amassed over $42 million in winnings in a career that includes victory in the 2003 US Open Championship.

Ernie Els, the popular South African known as "The Big Easy" for his graceful swing, is a three-time Major winner: he won the US Open twice, in 1994 at Oakmount and in 1997 at Congressional; and he also lifted the Claret Jug as British Open champion at Muirfield in Scotland in 2002. He is a former world number one.

Robert Allenby is one of the most travelled players in golf, juggling his time between the PGA Tour in America, the PGA European Tour and the Australasian Tour. Allenby's recent wins in the Nedbank Challenge and the Australian PGA - which he dedicated to his late mother Sylvia, who died of cancer earlier this year - represented the 21st and 22nd titles respectively worldwide and confirmed him as one of golf's most in-form players.

Commenting on the announcement, JP McManus said: "We are delighted that players of such high calibre who have shown their magnificent skills all around the world have agreed to give up their time to play in the Pro-Am. Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Robert Allenby are a great addition to the event and we look forward to welcoming them to Adare next July."

The aim of the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am is to support mid-western charities and groups in their work with the underprivileged and disadvantaged. All proceeds are donated in their entirety towards the development of these services and over €55 million has been raised since its inception in 1990. Once again, the beneficiary charities are organising pre-qualifying tournaments throughout the country in a bid to enter teams in the Pro-Am.

The golf event, which has a prize fund of €1 million is comprised of 54 teams of four players competing over two days (1 professional and 3 amateurs per team). A record number of overseas and Irish people are expected to visit Limerick to enjoy the golf and atmosphere.

Spectators can choose from one of eight different coloured "two-day entrance caps" representing Ireland, Munster Rugby and each of the Munster counties. At a cost of €50 each they can be purchased from the website on www.jpmcmanusproam.com or at selected retail outlets (they are currently being marketed as an ideal Christmas gift in aid of charity).

For Information: Diana McCabe/Colette Walsh, DMC Communications Ltd. Tel 01 295 3519/086 2500618/ 089 416 2060

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