JP McManus: "Tiger Woods' US Masters win one of the iconic moments in sport"

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


JP McManus: "Tiger Woods' US Masters win one of the iconic moments in sport"

Tiger Woods and JP McManus pictured at the 2010 JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor

JP McMANUS has described Tiger Woods' stunning comeback victory in the US Masters on Sunday as 'one of the iconic moments of sport.'

Fifteen-time Major winner Woods will visit Limerick next year when playing in the JP McManus Pro-Am event at the golf course at Adare Manor for the fourth time in July 2020.

Woods confirmed his participation in the Pro Am last August, with McManus pointing out that the news capped a memorable week for him as it came a few days after Limerick ended their 45-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

JP McManus revealed that he had met Woods on the eve of his quest to win this year's US Masters and that he found the golfer to be 'very happy with himself'.

JP McManus explained: "I could feel the adrenaline running through me (on Sunday).

"It was something else. No matter how short the putt (to win it) was, you were always worried it might not happen! But knowing Tiger, it had to happen.

"It seemed to mean an awful lot to him as it did to everyone who follows golf.

"This was one of the iconic moments in sport. People will remember where they were when Tiger won the Masters in 2019. It was the most remarkable comeback for a man who was beset by injuries; his strength of character and mind to do that, after being in the wilderness, or out of the limelight, I should say, for a long time. 

"He made some poor shots - not that many - but he never followed a poor shot with a mistake. He always had that strength of mind to adjust pretty quickly to the situation he was in at that time.  

"It's just so special, and it's so good for golf and the effect that it had. I was looking today and saw Callaway shares were up 4% and he plays with Taylor Made. That was just interesting."

McManus told 2FMs Game On that preparations for the 2020 JP McManus Pro Am are progressing well.

"It will be interesting to see what Tiger has to say about the new course at Adare Manor. The reviews have been very good. It is for other people to judge. If there are things we can do to make it better, we will try to do it.

The planning for the 2020 Pro Am has been going on for a while.

"It's exciting to have Tiger. He announced he was playing after Limerick won the All-Ireland which made it a great week for us. A lot of the other top players in the world have committed to coming. It's exciting times.

"If people want to get a ticket now is the time because I think they are going to find it difficult to get one for the British Open by the sounds of it."