Woods on course for tee-off at McManus charity golf tournament
TIGER Woods is still on course to visit Ireland this summer for a prestigious charity golf event.
The American has twice previously participated in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am in Limerick and it is hoped he will be present again in July.
Actors Samuel L Jackson and Hugh Grant, along with golfers Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk and Lee Westwood, are already committed to attending the star-studded two-day event, which takes place every five years at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort.
In Limerick it is widely hoped that Woods will be able to play this year's invitational pro-am in Adare following appearances in 2000 and 2005.
McManus has helped to raise over €55m for charities across the midwest since the inception of the tournament in 1990.
Woods won the event at his first attempt in 2000.
In 2007, he committed to McManus that he would come to Adare this year, but doubts about his participation were raised following revelations of extra-marital affairs last November.
However, neither McManus nor Woods have stated that he would not be making an appearance in Limerick this year.
With Woods now making his comeback at the US Masters, the summer charity competition's profile would be greatly raised with his presence.
A pro-am spokeswoman said last night that they had still not heard whether Woods was travelling to Adare.
"We have had no update yet. We still don't know -- that's where it's been for while now. We have not receiving any confirmation one way or the other," the spokeswoman said.
Golf professional at Adare Manor Gary Howie said he expected to see Woods at the pro-am.
"Certainly it will be his first trip to Europe since the scandal broke. I think the British Open is about 10 days afterwards," Mr Howie said.
"We are more concerned about getting our golf course ready itself. I think this week Tiger has something like 90 armed security guards in Augusta. I can't see it being anything like that here," Mr Howie continued.
This year's tournament takes place on July 5 and 6. Spectators can secure entry to the event by purchasing one of the specially designated hats online.
The hats cost €50 and will act as tickets to the event, while entry for under-16s is free. More information is available on www.jpmcmanusproam.com