Tiger Woods is in Ireland to play in the J. P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am two day event in Adare as he prepares for next week's British Open. By the time he gets back to the states he may no longer hold the number one ranking in the world.
His rival Phil Mickelson, who is the second ranked player in the world at the moment, is participating at the PGA-ranked Scottish Open this weekend.
Irish singing group Westlife and Ireland's top golfer Padraig Harrington join this year's celebrity golfers which include actors Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Aidan Quinn, Kyle MacLachlan and Peter Gallagher; English Premier League football coaches Harry Redknapp and Martin O'Neill. Other Irish celebrities include Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
Like Woods, Harrington's skipping the Scottish Open but plans to head straight to St. Andrews by Friday for at least two weekend practice runs.