Wentworth to host star-studded pro-am

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• Stellar line-up of sports stars to take to the Wentworth course
• Scotland gaffer Gordon Strachan and Kenny Dalglish in action
• Bafta-winning TV duo Ant and Dec make their pro-am debut


A whole host of sports stars and celebrities will be joining some of the greatest names in golf on Wednesday for the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at Wentworth.

The all-star celebrity line-up includes One Direction’s Niall Horan, confirmed to play a morning four-ball with world No.1 and reigning BMW PGA champion Rory McIlroy, along with Manchester United legends Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.

TV duo and recent Bafta winners, Ant and Dec, will be making their BMW PGA Celebrity Pro-Am debut alongside fellow Geordie and former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer. Guiding the celebrity trio around Wentworth’s iconic West Course will be Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood.

Used to competing in front of huge crowds in their respective fields, a number of legendary sporting heroes will try to keep their cool in front of thousands of spectators at the iconic Surrey course.


Previews - 2014 Ryder Cup

The strong international footballing contingent continues with former internationals Kenny Dalglish, Jamie Redknapp, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham, David Ginola, Gianfranco Zola, Andriy Shevchenko, Matt Le Tissier, Glen Hoddle, Ian Wright and current Scotland manager Gordon Strachan all confirmed to play, while cricketers Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Sir Ian Botham and Allan Lamb will be hoping to turn boundaries into birdies.

England rugby captain Chris Robshaw will be among the pack of rugby stars tackling the West Course, along with Ben Foden, Jamie Roberts, Mike Tindall, Andy Nicol, Keith Wood and 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and accelerating around the course will be motorsport trio Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Derek Warwick and Tiff Needell.

Olympic curling medallist Eve Muirhead should be able to keep ice cool around Wentworth, while former British No.1 tennis players Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will have high hopes of serving up a smashing round. Record breaking jockey AP McCoy will begin his post-racing career by competing in the event alongside fellow jockeys Mick Fitzgerald and Carl Llewellyn, and from the world of rowing are multiple Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.


AP McCoy takes to the Wentworth course now having plenty time on his hands.

Others participating in the pro-am include Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, former model Jodie Kidd, Strictly star Anton Du Beke, newsreader Mark Austin and presenters Dan Walker, Rishi Persad, Andrew Cotter, Jeremy Kyle, John Inverdale and Chris Evans - who will be joined by two winners from the BBC Children In Need Super Swing action, which raised a staggering £374,000.

Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director of the BMW PGA Championship, said: “Interest in this year’s BMW PGA Championship is unprecedented and we are on course for another amazing week of golf and entertainment. The players can expect a fantastic reception from the thousands of spectators that will be coming to Wentworth on each day of the tournament.

“The BMW PGA Celebrity Pro-Am has become a real hit with the fans; it is a testament to the event that it continues to attract so many high profile names and that a place among this field is so highly coveted.”

As well as McIlroy and Westwood, other players who will be taking to the course at Wentworth include US stars Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka and top European names such as Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell.

Here's a closer look at some of the pro-am competitors:

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