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Sports stars set to tee off at this year's BMW PGA Championship pro-am
This year marks the 60th edition of the European Tour’s flagship event, with Olympic winners, footballers, cricket and tennis greats and even a former Formula One world champion all set to tee-off at the BMW PGA Championship pro-am.
The course will be graced by the presence of Britain’s greatest-ever Olympian Steve Redgrave, retired rower Matthew Pinsent and 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill.
Of course, where there’s cameras and spotlight there are footballers, with three former Manchester United players taking to the greens. Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham and Phil Neville will show off their ‘ball’ skills when they line up alongside Rory McIlroy.
"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," enthused McIlroy.
Former England international Neville admits there will be some jangling verves when the trio step onto Wentworth. He said: "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.
"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 wait."
Playing beside McIlroy will also be major winners Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Darren Clarke, Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.
Cricket will also be getting in on the act, represented by Ian Botham, Brian Lara, Andrew Strauss and Allan Lamb, while Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will be swapping tennis raquets for golf clubs when they step out to represent the world of tennis.
Other notable attendees include footballers Gianfranco Zola, Andriy Shevchenko and Glenn Hoddle.