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Long-Hitting Americans Holmes, Fowler and Daly join World Class field for the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am 2010

Three of the most exciting talents in golf - JB Holmes, Rickie Fowler and crowd favourite John Daly - have confirmed they will join the World Class field for the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am tournament at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort in Co. Limerick on 5 - 6 July.

Holmes, a member of the winning United States team in the 2008 Ryder Cup match at Valhalla in his native Kentucky, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour - claiming the Phoenix Open in 2006 and regaining the title again in 2008 - and is one of the longest-hitters on tour, averaging over 300 yards in driving distance on each of the past six seasons. He is currently ranked No. 52 in the official world rankings.

Fowler, a 21-year-old who spent almost 10 months as world number one in the amateur rankings before turning professional after leading the USA to victory in the Walker Cup at Merion, has made a huge impact in his 'rookie' season on the PGA Tour. The colourful Californian started the year ranked 251st in the world rankings but an impressive run of results, including a runner-up finish to Ben Crane in the Phoenix Open earlier this season, has seen him rise to No. 54.

Daly, a two-time Major champion, made a sensational entrance onto the world stage when winning the US PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in 1991 after getting into the field as the ninth alternate. He added a second Major championship to his CV when winning the British Open at St Andrews in 1995. The 44-year-old Californian is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour and has claimed 14 titles worldwide in his professional career.

The addition of the American trio to a field which includes international players Adam Scott, winner of the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, Lee Westwood, who has just secured No. 3 in the world rankings, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Robert Allenby, Camilo Villegas, Angel Cabrera and Nick Watney as well as Ireland's Pádraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell was welcomed by tournament host JP McManus. Unfortunately, due to a recent injury, Anthony Kim has had to withdraw from the pro-am.

JP McManus said: "We're delighted JB, Rickie and John have all agreed to play in the tournament. JB and Rickie are two of the most exciting young players on tour and we are sure they will make a major connection with the Irish crowds at Adare Manor. John is an old friend of Irish golf fans, remains as popular as ever and we appreciate his support for the tournament."

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 purchase "two-day entrance caps" (valid both days) for the 36-hole tournament on July 5th and 6th by choosing from eight different coloured caps representing Ireland, Munster Rugby and each of the six Munster counties. At a cost of €50 each they can be purchased from the website 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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