The world's top golfers came out to play yesterday at the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am in Limerick but it was little Ava Mulhall (6) who stole the show.
On the eighth fairway, with stewards, security and gardai protecting Tiger from the throngs, Ava successfully negotiated her way around the hazards and raced onto the course towards Tiger.
Thousands cheered her on as stewards made unsuccessful attempts to stop the little girl from Innishannon, Co Cork.
And Tiger made her day when he reached down and greeted her and gave her his autograph.
Ava quickly made off to her delighted family behind the cordons. Her dad Colin and sister Grace (8) were over the moon.
“She has got over 14 autographs from some of the best players in the world today. Ava is the youngest member of the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course and this has been a great day so far for her,” Colin said.
Caught up in controversy for the last six months, Tiger discovered yesterday that he is still loved by golf fans.
Organisers hoped to have 30,000 at the opening day — but such is the attraction of Tiger Woods, 40,000 turned up.