Rory ‘United’ with Red Devils for PGA Championship pro-am

Two-time Major Champion and lifelong Manchester United supporter Rory McIlroy is already celebrating ahead of the BMW PGA Championship 2014, after it was confirmed that he would be teaming up with three of his footballing heroes at this year’s celebrity Pro-Am, at Wentworth Club on Wednesday May 21.

The Holywood star will be putting up a united front alongside Red Devils legends Peter Schmeichel ,Teddy Sheringham and current Manchester United coach Phil Neville.

All three of the footballers were part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious Treble winning side of 1999.

For McIlroy, who won the US Open in 2011 and US PGA Championship in 2012, playing alongside the United trio is a dream come true.

“I’m really looking forward to a round of golf with a few of my Man United heroes, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham and Phillip Neville. I believe they have some silky golfing skills, too!” said McIlroy.

Swapping footballs and gloves for golf balls and clubs, the celebrity Pro-Am will present Schmeichel, Sheringham and Neville with a new sporting challenge; tackling Wentworth Club’s iconic West Course in front of thousands of fans.

Speaking ahead of the Pro-Am, Neville said: “What an opportunity, to play in the BMW PGA celebrity Pro-Am alongside Rory!

“We are all really looking forward to it. Peter, Teddy and I have all competed on the world stage, and we love our golf, but that won’t stop us feeling the nerves when we step up onto that first tee at Wentworth.

“It’s going to be a great day, and who better to have on our team, offering a few words of advice, than Rory McIlroy. I can’t wait!”

McIlroy and the Manchester United legends will be playing in the afternoon session at the BMW PGA celebrity Pro-Am, which gets underway at 13:00hrs on Wednesday (21 May).

To celebrate the collaboration and 60 years of the BMW PGA Championship, McIlroy and the three Manchester United greats have generously donated two signed shirts as a social media competition prize.

The competition will run from 13-19 May on Rory McIlroy’s and The European Tour’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as BMW UK’s @BMWPGA Twitter account.

Meanwhile, the Rory Foundation has committed £1 million to the Cancer Fund for Children over a period of four years to support the running of Daisy Lodge.

Rory has a close association with the Cancer Fund for Children having recently visited the brand new therapeutic short break centre Daisy Lodge in Newcastle Co. Down

He said; “The Rory Foundation sets out to give children a helping hand. It’s that simple.

“I was overwhelmed on a visit to the brand new therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Co Down late last year – overwhelmed by the honesty, the courage and the warmth of the children and teenagers there and immediately made the decision the enhance my support of the Cancer Fund for Children.”

Gillian Creevy, Chief Executive of Cancer Fund for Children said, “Rory’s personal commitment to our work over the last 18 months has been so much appreciated.

“This wonderful donation will help us provide short breaks to many families and young people whose lives have been shattered by a childhood cancer diagnosis.”