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Cabrera and Watney Join World Class Field at JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am 2010

At a reception today (22 April), it was announced that two-time Major champion Angel Cabrera, of Argentina, and rising American star Nick Watney will join a stellar field in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, Co. Limerick, on 5th and 6th July.

Defending champion, Pádraig Harrington and Aston Villa Manager, Martin O'Neill were guests of honour at the media event where the latest line-up of players was announced.

Cabrera, who made a breakthrough Major win when capturing the 2007 US Open at Oakmont Country Club and followed up with a thrilling play-off victory in the 2009 US Masters at Augusta National, and two-time PGA Tour winner Watney are the latest big-name players to be confirmed for the tournament.

Currently ranked No. 32 in the official world rankings, Cabrera has won over 20 tournaments worldwide in a hugely successful professional career which was encouraged by his compatriot and former tour player Eduardo Romero. The Argentine was made an honorary member of the PGA European Tour in 2007 in recognition of his US Open success.

Watney is one of an exciting younger generation of American players who have impressed on the PGA Tour. The 28-year-old Californian claimed a first tour success when winning the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans and confirmed his reputation as one of the emerging talents on tour when adding the 2009 Buick Invitational to his list of honours. Watney is currently ranked No. 28 in the official world rankings.

JP McManus, the tournament host, welcomed the addition of Cabrera and Watney to the World Class field. "We're delighted Angel and Nick have both agreed to play in the tournament. Angel is a truly global player who has thrilled golf fans all over the world and Nick is a truly exciting prospect who brings a freshness to the sport," said JP McManus.

Players who have committed to playing in the tournament include Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Anthony Kim, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Robert Allenby and Camilo Villegas. Ireland's three-time Major champion Pádraig Harrington, the winner of the event in 2005, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will head the home challenge.

"We are very fortunate to have an outstanding field of top professionals who are giving their time and talent freely to support our tournament. We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers, the organising committee as well as the European PGA Tour, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, all our supporters and spectators who have helped make it all happen. We also appreciate the tremendous family and local community support and we look forward to working with everyone at what promises to be two days of world class golf and great fun", he added.

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.

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.

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

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