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US Golfing star Anthony Kim joins top class field for JP McManus Pro-Am in July

American Anthony Kim, whose victory in the Shell Houston Open lifted him to No. 14 in the latest world rankings, has confirmed he will include the JP McManus Pro-Am at the Adare Hotel & Golf Resort in Adare, Co. Limerick, on July 5th-6th in his schedule.

The 24-year-old Californian claimed the Houston Open in a play-off with former Ryder Cup player Vaughn Taylor on Sunday. It gave Kim a third career win on the PGA Tour in the United States and took his career prize money to over $10 million since he turned professional in 2006. His previous tournament victories came in the Wachovia Championship and the AT&T National, both in 2008.

Kim made his Ryder Cup debut in the 2008 success over Europe at Valhalla in Kentucky and also represented the United States in last year's Presidents Cup win over the International Team at Harding Park in San Francisco. His success in Houston moved him to number three in the current United States qualifying standings for the match at Celtic Manor in October.

The addition of Kim to the world class for Adare was welcomed by tournament host JP McManus. "We're delighted Anthony, who is a magnificent golfing talent, has decided to play in the tournament. He is an engaging player who is sure to prove a tremendous attraction to the Irish golfing public," said JP McManus.

Kim joins a star-studded field which already includes European No. 1 Lee Westwood, in-form Ernie Els, who has two wins on the PGA Tour this season, and former US Open champion Jim Furyk. Triple-Major champion Pádraig Harrington, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, Englishmen Ian Poulter and Paul Casey and rising US star Dustin Johnson have also committed to playing in the tournament. Padraig Harrington was the winner of the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am on its last staging in 2005.

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.

A record number of overseas and Irish visitors are expected to come to 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 and now also receive a complimentary personalised gift card with each purchase, making it the ideal gift.  At a cost of €50 for two days entry, the caps can be purchased from the website on www.jpmcmanusproam.com or at selected retail outlets.

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

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