AMERICAN golfer Xander Schauffele reigned supreme after the two-day JP McManus Pro Am came to a thrilling end in July at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort.

Schauffele shot a two-under-par second round to seal his win, following his course record in the opening round.

Almost 40,000 spectators attended the two-day event – the sixth staging of the Pro-Am – with many millions once again raised for Irish charitable organisations.

Ten of the world’s top 11 golfers took part in the sold-out event, which was also broadcast live on Virgin Media and Sky Sports, as well as The Golf Channel in the USA. Four recent Major championship winners Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa lined up, alongside the likes of 15-time Major champion Tiger Woods, who again proved a huge draw.

2022 Pro-Am winner Schauffele laid the foundation for his win at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort after taking a three-shot lead into Tuesday’s final round in over the Adare layout.

Fellow American Sam Burns carded a seven-under 65 on the final day to finish second on nine under. Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot 67 on Tuesday to finish a further stroke back in third place.

Tiger Woods who again drew a large gallery around the magnificent Adare layout, followed an opening-round 77 with an improved 74 on the second day.

Meanwhile, the team event was won by the Gerry McManus team, comprising of Mark McManus, Cormac McManus and Gerry McManus.

The team, who played with former multiple Major winner Mark O’Meara in the second round, finished with a score of -37. The winners had four shots to spare over the PGA Catalunya team.

In fourth place was the Aisling Annacotty AFC team.

Meanwhile, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington said he believed the golf course at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is the ‘best venue in the world’.

Harrington was among a glittering array of golfing superstars who showcased their talents during the sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro Am .

Read the full story in the Limerick Leader by Colm Kinsella, Sports Editor.

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