For the second time and again due to Covid-19, the JP McManus Pro-Am, a golf tournament dedicated to the stars of the discipline and celebrities, has been postponed. It was scheduled from 5 to 6 July in Ireland but in order to host the public in the stands il will take place in 2022.
JP McManus Pro-Am, big names
The names of Dustin Johnson (world number 1), Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka were among the possible big names competing this year at Adare Manor, theater of the Ryder Cup 2027.
But the persistence of the health emergency led the organizers to postpone everything by a year. There was great anticipation for a competition that has not been played since 2010, when stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jone participated, among others.
The chairman of the pro-am committee Colm Hannon said “we are at all times prioritising public health and are aware that question marks remain about events taking place for much of this year. Making the decision early gives us the best chance of delivering a world class tournament in front of a full house next year"
Meanwhile, fortunately the European Tour returns with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the inaugural event of 2021 scheduled from 21 to 24 January in the United Arab Emirates. Immediately a show appointment in Abu Dhabi with the first of the four seasonal events of the Rolex Series, which will offer a total prize money of 8,000,000 dollars.
From Justin Thomas, world number 3, to Rory McIlroy, sixth in the ranking. Up to Lee Westwood (2020 Race to Dubai winner and reigning champion) and Tyrrell Hatton (ninth in the world rankings). These are some of the most anticipated big names in the competition.
But in the field there are also 7 italians. With Renato Paratore also Guido Migliozzi, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Laporta, Andrea Pavan, Lorenzo Gagli and Nino Bertasio. In an event that sees the beginning of the collaboration between Eurotour and PGA Tour.
In addition to Thomas - who aims to take second place in the ranking, taking advantage of Jon Rahm's forfeit in The American Express, due to back problems - among the very champions in the race, like Justin Rose (winner of the Rio de Janeiro Games 2016), Shane Lowry (scored in 2019 in Abu Dhabi) and Tommy Fleetwood (champion in 2019 who turns 30 today), often in action on the maximum US circuit. Also on the field Padraig Harrington, captain of Team Europe at the Ryder Cup 2021 in Wisconsin.