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Tiger Woods shrugs off jet lag for Irish Pro-Am

Tiger Woods plays from the rough on the way to a first round 64. Allsport.

World number one Tiger Woods jetted in to Ireland on Monday to play in a charity pro-am tournament organised by millionaire Irish racehorse owner and gambler JP McManus.

Woods, who had been playing in the Western Open in the U.S. state of Illinois over the weekend, travelled overnight and stepped straight on to the tee on his arrival at the Ballyclough course in Limerick.

Manchester United soccer manager Alex Ferguson and Formula One motor racing boss Eddie Jordan were among the celebrities playing in an event expected to raise up to three million Irish pounds ($3.6 million) for charity.

Amateurs are paying 40,000 Irish pounds ($48,360) per team to play alongside the likes of Woods and world number two David Duval.

The two-day event attracted crowds of around some 7,000 on Monday, with many only having eyes for the Tiger.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Woods. "I like the golf course, I hit driver almost every hole, just let it go and go find it.

"I hit some trees, carved it up on the greens and holed a few puts, that's basically how I did it.

"It was a fun challenge to hit the ball low in similar conditions to what we will probably face next week (at the Open).

"It was a nice relaxing event, I enjoyed the spirit it was played in and I hit a few good shots along the way too."

Woods is expected to take a fishing holiday in Ireland this week before heading off to the Scottish course of St Andrew's for theOpen next week.

 

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