McIlroy and Giggs will take ‘tee’ at Wentworth

MANCHESTER United legend Ryan Giggs will partner four-time major winner Rory McIlroy as the Welsh wizard is the first name to be announced for the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday May 24 before the BMW PGA Championship.

The footballer, who made a record 963 appearances for United during the most glittering of Premier League careers, will tee it up at Wentworth Club alongside the  World Number Three, a lifelong Red Devils fan.

The Celebrity Pro-Am has fast become one of the highlights of the week, with a fun atmosphere and fantastic access to the professionals and amateurs as they tackle the testing West Course, with tickets for the pro-am available from £16.50 , as well as general admission tickets, onsite parking and grandstand seating.

Giggs will join a long and illustrious line of famous footballers to have competed, including his former team-mates Paul Scholes, Peter Schmeichel and Dwight Yorke, adding to the excitement of an eagerly anticipated week, as the BMW PGA Championship launches the European Tour’s new Rolex Series.

For once McIlroy’s haul of 13 European Tour victories, three Race to Dubai wins and many other accolades will be eclipsed by his playing partner, with Giggs’ trophy cabinet featuring 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League wins, as well as countless individual honours.

Though famously left-footed, Giggs swings a golf club right-handed, and despite being used to performing on the biggest footballing stages, the 43 year old admitted to some nerves ahead of his debut in the BMW PGA Championship curtain-raiser.

“It’s a great honour, although a slightly scary one, to be asked to play with Rory,” he said. “I’m a big fan of his so I’m looking forward to catching up with him and seeing for myself how he plays the game.

“I play a lot of golf myself and really enjoy it, but it’s quite a different thing to go from just playing with your mates to partnering one of the best players in the world in front of thousands of people so I am a bit nervous – I’ll have to practise a bit before May!

“The BMW PGA Championship is always a great tournament and it will be one of the highlights of the summer to be involved in it.”

McIlroy is making his return to the BMW PGA Championship, a tournament the Northern Irishman won in 2014, and said he was thrilled to share the stage at Wentworth with Giggs after watching him for years in his element at Old Trafford.

“There are few bigger Man United legends in the history of the Club than Giggsy so to be able to tee it up alongside him for the pro-am at the BMW PGA Championship is going to be awesome. He is one of those players who is hugely respected in sport for everything he achieved at the highest level,” McIlroy said.

“Ryan’s professionalism and ability gave him a Man United career that was almost as long as a pro golfer’s career which is incredible. Not many sportsmen or women can say they were at the very top for decades but he is one of the special few. Hopefully I can give him a bit of help with his golf!”

Jamie Birkmyre, championship director, said: “To have someone of Ryan’s stature as the first name for this year’s Celebrity Pro-Am is fantastic news for the event, which has become a real fixture on the social calendar.

“He and Rory are sure to be a huge draw for fans, one of many, and we look forward to announcing more star names .”

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