The world number 10 will line up with former England
internationals Teddy Sheringham and Phil Neville and ex-Denmark
goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel at the iconic West Course on the
outskirts of London on May 21.
"I am really looking forward to a round of golf with a few of my
Man United heroes...I believe they have some silky golfing
skills too," twice major winner McIlroy said in a news release
Former defender Neville, who is now on the coaching staff at Old
Trafford, is hoping he does not freeze on the big day.
"Peter, Teddy and I have all competed on the world stage and we
love our golf but that won't stop us feeling the nerves when we
step on to that first tee," he said.
"It's going to be a great day and who better to have on our
team, offering a few words of advice, than Rory McIlroy. I can't
To celebrate 60 years of the European Tour's flagship event, a
host of sporting celebrities will take part in the
pre-tournament pro-am including former cricketers Ian Botham,
Brian Lara, Andrew Strauss and Allan Lamb.
Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will represent the world of tennis
while Gianfranco Zola, Andriy Shevchenko and Glenn Hoddle are
among the former footballers who will take part.
Former Olympic rowers Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent will
swap oars for golf clubs and ex-Formula One world champion Damon
Hill is another sportsman expected to compete. (Reporting by
Tony Jimenez, Editing by Ed Osmond)
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