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Thursday 27 November 2014

In Pictures: Movie and golf stars join Tiger Woods at JP McManus Pro-Am

JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am 5/7/2010Actor Michael Douglas and Paul McGinley on the 10th tee boxMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am 5/7/2010Actor Michael Douglas and Paul McGinley on the 10th tee boxMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson smiles during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
JP McManus (right) holds the US Open trophy after presenting Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (left) with a special trophy to mark his US Open victory after the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tiger Woods signs an autograph for six-year-old Ava Mulhall
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Famous Irish dancer Michael Flatley chats with Ian Poulter of England during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Nicky Byrne and Shane Filan of Westlife during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Nicky Byrne of Westlife with Michael Campbell of New Zealand during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Jockey Ruby Walsh who caddied for his fellow jockey Tony McCoy during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tony McCoy with his caddie and fellow jockey Ruby Walsh during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
JP McManus (left) presents Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland with a special trophy to mark his US Open victory after the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Kyle MacLachlan, Hollywood actor, in action during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Brendan Mullin, fomer Ireland rugnby international,, in action during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Paul Casey of England plays during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson plays during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Padraig Harringon (R) stands during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
John Daly of the USA with businessman Denis O'Brien plays during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Jockey Johnny Murtagh (L) and Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson talk during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Former Republic of Ireland soccer player and current Sunderland FC chairman Niall Quinn signs autographs during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Former England soccer player Jamie Redknapp plays during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland plays during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tiger Woods of the USA hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during play on the 11th hole during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Justin Rose of England in action during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Ernie Els of South Africa in action during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Ken Doherty, snooker player, in action during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Tiger Woods of the USA chats with Dermot Desmond, Irish businessman, during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick

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.

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