PGA Tour stars Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and more share words of encouragement for Golfweek writer Steve DiMeglio as he battles cancer

“We all know what you’re going through right now, and on behalf of everyone we just want to say we’re all with you.”

The PGA Tour on Monday posted a touching video of encouragement to Golfweek and USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio, who is battling cancer. Eighteen players took the time to speak on camera, wishing DiMeglio the best in his fight in the video posted to YouTube and the Tour’s social media platforms

DiMeglio, who has covered golf since 2007 for the national newspaper and also for Golfweek, announced on social media after returning from the British Open in July that he has Stage 4 rectal and liver cancer. The 61-year-old has since shared his sometimes harsh experiences with chemotherapy as he tackles the illness head-on with grace and often humor.

“We all know what you’re going through right now, and on behalf of everyone we just want to say we’re all with you,” Rory McIlroy said to DiMeglio in the Tour’s video. “We’re pulling for you. We’re fighting alongside you. We all wish you the best on this journey, but we just want you to remember that we’re all thinking of you.”

Other players who commented include Tony Finau, Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel, Adam Scott and Jon Rahm.

“Steve, what’s up, man. Or should I say Big Man?” said Justin Thomas in the video, referring to DiMeglio’s propensity to call everyone Big Man. “We all miss you, man. We’re so, so bummed with what’s going on with you. But we know you’re going to stay strong, you’re going to keep fighting, you’re going to keep texting me about Alabama football and positivity. I’ve always appreciated not only how you’ve treated myself and all the players, but my family. I know that’s something that’s very important and cool to me because you don’t need to take the time to do that. And we’re all pulling for you and hoping for the absolute best.

“More important, I really want you back out here because I love giving you grief more than anybody else.”

Steve DiMeglio at Augusta National in 2020 (Photo courtesy Steve DiMeglio)

– On behalf of this Golfweek writer and all of DiMeglio’s coworkers, we would like to thank you, the players and producers of the video, for the moving tribute to one of the most-read voices in the game.

Full circle at Shoal Creek: An untold story of one man’s convictions changing racial inclusion at 1990 PGA Championship and golf as a whole

The convictions of one man changed the course of racial inclusion at the major in Alabama — and golf.

Pat Rielly was never afraid to stand up for the little guy.

In 1953, the 6-foot-tall junior reserve forward on the Sharon (Pennsylvania) High basketball team was on his way to play in the state regional finals in Pittsburgh when the team stopped for dinner in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, a borough north of Pittsburgh in the heart of coal and iron country. 

Rielly noticed that his three Black teammates – Charlie Shepard, Charlie Mitchell and Edward Woods – weren’t eating and sidled over to talk to them.

“I said, ‘What are guys doing? Are you saving your $5?’ ” Rielly recalled more than 60 years later. “Mitchell said, ‘They won’t serve us.’ I said, ‘Why?’ All three stared at me and said, ‘You know why.’ ” 

This sort of discrimination was illegal but still prevalent, even in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it sent Rielly into a rage. He was the eighth or ninth man on the team, a sub, but he knew right from wrong. When he approached the owner and asked politely why his teammates were being refused to be served, the owner didn’t hide his contempt. “We’re not serving any (N-word),” he said.

With the courage of his convictions, Rielly said they would not pay until the entire team was fed. The owner wouldn’t budge. Neither would Rielly.

“So, we got up and left,” Rielly said. “We stopped and got something to eat another 20 miles up the road, closer to Pittsburgh.”

To Rielly, his memory of the game, which the team won, paled in comparison to the lesson he learned that day.

“You do the right thing, and sometimes you get criticized for it,” he said. “But when you do the right thing for the right reasons, it turns out the right way always.”

Pat Rielly (pictured, back row, fourth from right) and his 1953 high school basketball team from Sharon, Pennsylvania (Courtesy of the Rielly family)

In the early 1960s, Rielly was traveling with a handful of fellow Marines. They needed a few more hours of flight time and convinced the pilot to fly to Reno, Nevada, the self-proclaimed “Biggest little city in the world,” where Las Vegas-style gambling, entertainment and dining is compressed into a few city blocks. As only Rielly could do, he placed a roulette bet not even understanding the rules and won several thousand dollars at a time when that was a lot of money. He took everyone to dinner and ordered a feast. After paying the bill, he still had a wad of cash left over, so he tipped the waiters generously, loaned some money to his pals and went into the kitchen. The employees stopped what they were doing to hear him speak.

“My mother was a dishwasher,” he said. “That’s why I was able to play golf on Mondays. This game has given me everything.”

Then he handed the dishwashers in the restaurant a stack of cash from his winnings. Most of them didn’t understand a word he said, but they shook his hand and gladly accepted the money.

These two dinner stories illustrate why Rielly was the right man at the right time to be serving as the 26th President of the PGA of America in 1990 when Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, was scheduled to host the PGA Championship, and professional golf would be forced to change its rules regarding clubs with exclusionary practices. This was uncharted territory for a golf association and a watershed moment in golf’s race relations. It demanded a leader with a dose of humility just below his confidence.

“His own personal integrity matched the integrity of the game he loved,” said Rielly’s longtime friend and former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman.

But it wasn’t until more than 20 years later that Rielly learned just how important his role in a long-forgotten dinner played in launching an era of inclusion. Then he insisted this story wait until after he died. Now it can be told.

Golfweek’s Best: The top 15 courses designed by Tom Weiskopf

The PGA Tour star built a second career as a course designer, with many of his layouts ranking high in Golfweek’s Best course rankings.

Tom Weiskopf, who died Saturday at age 79 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, accomplished much more in golf than just his 16 PGA Tour titles, including the 1973 British Open.

Weiskopf was an accomplished course designer with dozens of layouts around the world, many of which place highly in various Golfweek’s Best course rankings. Following is a list of his top 15 courses, as judged by Golfweek’s panel of more than 850 raters.

Our course-ratings panel members continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria on a points basis of 1 through 10. Members also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings are averaged to produce these rankings. The list below includes each course’s average rating.

The various Golfweek’s Best rankings (top 200 modern, top modern international, top private and public courses in each state, et cetera) have different requirements for numbers of ballots necessary to appear on each list. This list of Weiskopf’s courses ignores all those various ballot requirements to simply create one lineup of the designer’s best courses, regardless of number of votes, which could lead to slight variations in this versus other Golfweek’s Best lists.

Former World No. 1 Jason Day withdraws from Wyndham Championship ahead of second round

This marked the 12th WD of Day’s career, and makes it four straight seasons in which he has withdrawn from at least one tournament.

Former World No. 1 Jason Day withdrew from the Wyndham Championship ahead of the second round, citing illness.

The 34-year-old Australian has plummeted to No. 140 in the world and hasn’t won since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. He opened the regular-season finale of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup with a 3-under 67 at Sedgefield Golf Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, and entered Friday’s play in a tie for 23rd place, six strokes off the lead held by John Huh.

Day likely will be eligible for next week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, the first of three FedEx Cup Playoff events. Day entered this week at No. 115 in the points list, with the top 125 advancing to the first playoff event.

Day has developed a reputation for withdrawing from tournaments, often due to injury as his body has become increasingly brittle. In the grand scheme of things, illness should be of less concern than a back injury for his ability to tee it up next week. This marked the 12th WD of Day’s career and makes it four straight seasons in which he has withdrawn during at least one tournament. He also withdrew ahead of the John Deere Classic last month with a back injury.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship among his 12 Tour titles, entered the Wyndham Championship having made the cut in seven of his last eight starts. He recorded just one top-10 finish this season, a tie for third at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, while surpassing $50 million in career earnings.

Adam Long also withdrew from the tournament before the second round, citing illness. Brian Gay withdrew following the first round with a wrist injury. He entered the week No. 184 in the FedEx Cup standings, but is fully exempt on Tour next season via his win at the 2020 Bermuda Championship.

‘I hope we survive it’: LPGA players past and present explain importance of talks with LIV Golf

Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster, Nancy Lopez and Stacy Lewis address potential for disruption to LPGA.

While it might have shocked many to hear LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan say she’d talk to LIV Golf, Annika Sorenstam thought it was the right call. As did Juli Inkster.

These LPGA legends understand one crucial point: If Greg Norman and LIV Golf aim to create a rival tour that’s anything like what they’ve done in the men’s game, it would wreck the LPGA, the longest continuous-running professional women’s sports organization in the United States.

“I think if Norman does do this,” said Inkster, “it’s going to totally ruin the LPGA, because I think most of the girls would go, just because the money is a game-changer.”

As the best in the women’s game gather at historic Muirfield for the first time this week, they’ll compete for a purse of $6.8 million. This season, the LPGA will play for a total of $97 million, roughly one-fifth the amount of money as the PGA Tour. Last week, LIV Golf announced its players will compete for $405 million in 2023 across 14 events.

With a schedule made entirely of limited-field, no-cut tournaments, even a fraction of that would be enough to lure plenty of big-name LPGA players to a LIV women’s league. Not to mention the prospect of signing bonuses.

“I hope we survive it,” said former No. 1 Stacy Lewis. “I’m scared for this tour. I’m scared to lose all the opportunities that we’ve created.”

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Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, looks on from the first tee during the final round of the LIV Golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

Sorenstam believes it’s the job of the commissioner to listen to potential opportunities, and that includes LIV. Because the LPGA is part of a 50-50 joint business venture with the Ladies European Tour, there already exists a partnership with the Saudi-backed Aramco Series, which feature prize money that’s three to four times a typical event on that tour, totaling $6 million.

Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner who won 72 times on the LPGA, looks at the rival league that has formed in the men’s game and sees the need for a more LPGA-fitted version.

“If it’s the money that they have on the LIV, you know they’re going to crush the LPGA,” said Sorenstam. “Hopefully they have the intention of growing the game and working together with the LPGA.

“To crush the LPGA doesn’t do anybody good, history-wise, future-wise, sustainability-wise. There’s so much negativity around this. I think that we need to somehow find a way to get a positive image with all this, if you know what I mean.”

It’s not a stretch to imagine the LPGA being forced to make a decision between going into business with the Saudis in a big way – or complete destruction.

While there have been calls to conduct talks with LIV officials, it’s not clear exactly what the talking points might be – there are many ways this all could shake out. An independent rival tour that poached dozens of top players would cripple the LPGA. Instead, a series of Saudi-backed official LPGA events is one possible way the two could work together, much like the Aramco Team Series on the LET. It’s impossible to know what LIV wants, of course, without having a conversation.

What seems most unlikely, however, is that top players will band together to stiff-arm the Saudis on principle.

“I think you have a handful that feel the same way as me,” said Lewis. “I think you have a majority that would ask, ‘What’s the number?’

“Should we talk to them? Absolutely. Ultimately, I think we have to find a way to co-exist.”

Critics of LIV often point to the wide-ranging human rights abuses Saudi Arabia has been accused of, including politically motivated killings, torture, forced disappearances and inhumane treatment of prisoners. Members of the royal family and Saudi government were accused of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.

How can a women’s organization reconcile doing business with a regime that has such a horrendous record of human rights abuses, especially toward women?

“I think that’s maybe one of the reasons we should partner,” said Sorenstam, “to be able to make a difference.”

Marcoux Samaan told Golfweek last week that she has not yet had a conversation with LIV, and that it’s too early to speculate on potential outcomes or options.

“We’ve been breaking down barriers for a long time,” Marcoux Samaan said. “I think we always fall back on our values and our goals before making any decision.”

Phachara Khongwatmai putts on the 18th green during the opening round of the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club near London in June. (Chris Trotman/LIV Golf/Getty Images)

A voluntary state of the tour meeting was held last month at the Dow Great Bay Lakes Invitational to discuss the potential threat of LIV, among other things, and only a couple dozen players attended.

Nancy Lopez has always worried about the LPGA. As a rookie in 1978, she was convinced the LPGA would close the pay gap. She’s still baffled by the fact that such a large chasm continues to exist between the tours and is even more confused by what could be on the horizon.

“I’m such a loyal person,” said Lopez when asked what she might have done in her prime if faced the with possibility of piles of cash.

“I would be hard to say ‘No, I wouldn’t want the money,’ but God it would be really hard to leave the LPGA. It would just eat me up.”

Lopez thought she would retire from the LPGA after she had her first daughter, Ashley, but the competitive fire was still there, and she needed the money.

“The money I made was good,” said Lopez, “but it wasn’t going to keep me until I got to 93 and needed to pay somebody to take care of me someday.”

While the PGA Tour has the best retirement plan in sports, the LPGA’s pension guarantees that most will need a second career.

As so many PGA Tour players talk about going to LIV to create generational wealth, consider what it would mean to an LPGA player to play five more years and then retire to start a family without having to worry about money.

For some, continuing to chase major titles and Hall of Fame points pales in comparison to children and financial security.

Jessica Korda, Alexandra O'Laughlin, Karolin Lampert & Lina Boqvist
Jessica Korda, Alexandra O’Laughlin, Karolin Lampert and Lina Boqvist, winners of the Aramco Team Series (Photo submitted by the Aramco Team Series)

Saudi activist Omaima Al Najjar said there’s no denying the fact that conditions have improved for women in recent years, though she maintains that the right to drive and the right to travel are basic fundamental rights and not a sign of substantial progress.

“It’s important to remind the women who are participating in this tour,” said Al Najjar, “that the Saudi women activists who made those changes happen are still on trial, being prosecuted, banned from activism and banned from traveling.”

Al Najjar, now a surgical doctor living in Ireland, was a prominent blogger who took part in the right to drive campaign in Saudi and fled when she felt the risks were too great. It’s still too dangerous for her to return now.

Al Najjar is head of campaigns for ALQST for Human Rights, documenting conditions in prisons and advocating for the release of activists.

Al Najjar wants players to speak out not only about the activists, but the conditions of many migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Women come from developing countries to work in the kingdom as maids and often have their passports confiscated as they are made to work seven days a week with no set schedule, “which is a sort of slavery,” Al Najjar said.

Meanwhile, Saudi-born women are fleeing the country, she continued, despite recent reforms because there are no safe houses in the kingdom for victims of domestic violence.

“There’s an issue of killing women in Saudi,” said Al Najjar, “and a lot of husbands kill their wives or a lot of fathers kill their daughters and the Saudi authorities do not do much about it.”

These are the issues Al Najjar hopes that LPGA players who compete in Saudi Arabia will speak out against, even it means financial loss.

“It’s important that they make such a statement,” she said, “and stand with Saudi women.”

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Georgia Hall poses with the trophy after winning the 2022 Aramco Saudi Ladies International at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. (Ladies European Tour)

Few have chronicled the LPGA as diligently and passionately as Ron Sirak, the 2015 recipient of the PGA Lifetime Award in Journalism. For those who question how LIV Golf is any different than the LET’s Aramco Series or players sporting the logos of Golf Saudi on their hats and shirts, Sirak said it’s important to recognize the difference between sponsoring a tournament and owning a tour. Much like there’s a difference in sponsoring a player and owning a player.

“I think that’s a difficult situation for the LPGA to figure out what their relationship would be with the people who want to bankroll them,” said Sirak. “Would they be being supported by the tour and the LPGA still be an autonomous entity? Or would they be owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia?”

Given the Saudis’ seemingly endless supply of money and little regard for market value – this seems to be more about power and image – the LPGA is in no position to throw money at a potential threat, and therefore has little leverage.

LPGA veteran Ryann O’Toole believes the PGA Tour made a mistake in not engaging with LIV Golf. If what Norman says is true, and LIV plans to build a women’s league, O’Toole would like to see the LPGA work with them so that players don’t have to choose.

“I think that it would be a great opportunity to utilize, like, the possibility that there could be some major financial opportunities,” said O’Toole, “and that we come together as two organizations, versus having two separate organizations.”

Whatever happens, it’s important that Marcoux Samaan maintains a model that’s sustainable, even if the Saudis decide to suddenly pull out of the golf business. One that, even if the LPGA took a financial hit, it would still survive.

Imagine if the Saudis –  a country that’s widely reported to have a gender pay gap of 49 percent – became the first to pay elite male and female professional golfers equally. Or even came close.

“Financially, it is life-changing money,” said Maria Fassi, whose agency, GSE, has a number of LIV clients including Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Jason Kokrak, Branden Grace, Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz.

“Whatever they come and offer me, $10 million, $20 million, 15, 7, whatever it is, it is money 99 percent of the girls out here aren’t seeing.”

And to many, where the money comes from, ultimately might not matter.

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Report: Luke Donald will replace Henrik Stenson as 2023 European Ryder Cup captain

The Englishman, a four-time European Ryder Cup player, is reported to take the helm for Rome.

Englishman Luke Donald will replace the sacked Henrik Stenson as captain of the European team in the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Stenson was canned two weeks ago after announcing he would join LIV Golf, the rival tour backed by Saudi Arabian royalty and clouded in controversy for that country’s poor record of human rights abuses and other atrocities. Stenson begins play on that tour today at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey. The longtime independent contractor has expressed disappointment in losing the honorary Ryder Cup job after breaking his captaincy contract that forbid him from playing on a rival tour by signing a lucrative contract with LIV Golf.

Donald – a four-time Ryder Cup player (2004, ’06, ’10, ’12), five-time PGA Tour winner and six-time DP World Tour winner who played college golf at Northwestern – was long rumored as a potential captain at some future Ryder Cup. The former World No. 1 served as a vice captain in the past two Ryder Cups and is playing this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour in Detroit.

According to the report, Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari will keep their gigs as vice captains in Rome.

While there was much speculation on who might replace the canned Stenson as captain, as of yet it doesn’t appear the top Euro players themselves are in any rush to jump to LIV Golf. Potential team members such as Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Matt Fitzpatrick, among others, have not joined LIV, with several having pledged a commitment to the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. Most of the former European Ryder Cuppers who have jumped to LIV, such as Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, are seen by many as being well past their primes and unlikely candidates to have competed in Rome. Of those who have left to compete for LIV’s Greg Norman, only the aging Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey were considered potential contenders to compete in Rome.

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Report: Mastercard pauses business relationships with LIV players Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell

Ian Poulter wore the Mastercard logo Friday at the Scottish Open, but Sports Business Journal reports that deal is off for now.

Mastercard has distanced itself from brand ambassadors Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell of the LIV Golf Series, Sports Business Journal has reported.

Mastercard senior vice president of communications Seth Eisen confirmed to SBJ on Friday that the company’s relationship with Poulter and McDowell has been paused in recognition of uncertainties involving their participation on the PGA Tour, which has suspended the pair and numerous others after they jumped to rival LIV Golf. (McDowell relinquished his PGA Tour card shortly before the first LIV event near London.)

The SBJ story mentioned that Poulter had signed an endorsement deal with Mastercard in 2009, and McDowell joined the brand in 2011.

Poulter did not wear the Mastercard logo on his shirt in last week’s LIV event in Oregon, but the logo was back on his collar in the opening rounds of this week’s Genesis Scottish Open, co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. He also wore a logo for Stanley Black & Decker, with whom Poulter signed a contract in early 2022. Both of those logos were present on Poulter’s attire in Friday’s second round in Scotland, as were logos for Titleist and FootJoy, watchmaker Audemars Piguet, membership program Aurae Lifestyle and private airplane company NetJets.

In Scotland, Poulter also wore the logo for his LIV team, the Majesticks.

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Graeme McDowell watches his drive at the 10th tee during the 2022 JP McManus Pro-Am earlier this week at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

McDowell, meanwhile, already had been dropped by another financial sponsor. Royal Bank of Canada dumped the former U.S. Open winner after he announced he would jump to LIV while not appearing at the RBC Canadian Open.

Poulter along with fellow LIV players Adrian Otaegui of Spain and Justin Harding of South Africa won a court-ordered temporary injunction that allowed them to play in the Scottish Open after being banned from the event by the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour. Harding opened the Scottish Open with a 65 before faltering with a 74 in the second round.

SBJ did not indicate how long the “pause” between Mastercard and the two players might last or what mitigating factors might unpause the relations.

Poulter and McDowell are not the first players to lose deals or see sponsorships paused since announcing plans to join LIV Golf. Phil Mickelson, who also signed to play with LIV, has seen several business relationships cancelled or paused since dropping out of PGA Tour play. Most notably, longtime sponsor Callaway announced it was pausing its relationship with Mickelson in February, and last year’s PGA Championship winner has not been seen in any of his traditional logos in LIV events.

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Daniel Berger WDs from 150th Open Championship, Sahith Theegala now in field at St. Andrews

It’s been a rough stretch for Daniel Berger, who has been working through some medical issues. 

It’s been a rough stretch for Daniel Berger, who has been working through some back issues.

The four-time PGA Tour winner and member of the victorious 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup team pulled out of the John Deere Classic last week in an attempt to be ready for the upcoming 150th British Open Championship at St. Andrews.

On Friday, it was announced Berger has pulled out of that field in Scotland as well. He will be replaced in the Open by Sahith Theegala, who is currently No. 62 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Berger withdrew from the Vidanta Mexico Open in May before the event and also pulled out of his title defense in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. At the time, he said he was dealing with a joint sprain in his lower back. He told PGA Tour.com that earlier this year he suffered a sacroiliac joint sprain in the part of the body that links the lower spine to the pelvis and played through it at Torrey Pines during the Farmers Insurance Open.

Berger, who has slipped to 25th in the world, has played well when he’s been fit enough to finish a tournament, placing T-5 at the Memorial and in the top 25 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He did, however, fail to make the cut at the U.S. Open at the Country Club of Brookline.

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Check the yardage book: Champion Trace at Keene Trace GC for the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

StrackaLine offers hole-by-hole maps of Champion Trace, host course for the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

The Champion Trace course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky – site of this week’s Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour – was designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 1987.

Not far from Lexington, the private layout meanders through rolling hills. It will play to 7,328 yards with a par of 72 for the Barbasol Championship. The event has been played on the Champion Trace layout since 2015.

Thanks to yardage books provided by StrackaLine – the maker of detailed yardage books for thousands of courses around the world – we can see exactly the challenges the players face this week. Check out the maps of each hole below.

Photos: Adare Manor ready for JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland, with Tiger Woods in the field

Check out the photos of Adare Manor, where Tiger Woods tees off Monday and Tuesday.

With all the talk of who might be playing where and on which tour lately, it will be like good old times to watch Tiger Woods – remember him? – tee off in the lap of Irish luxury Monday and Tuesday in the JP McManus Pro-Am.

The charitable pro-am, which has raised more than $145 million in its previous five stagings, will showcase Adare Manor, site of the 2027 Ryder Cup over a parkland-style course that doesn’t play like an Irish links but that does focus on extreme levels of lavishness.

Woods, who hasn’t put his game on display since the PGA Championship in May, joins an entry list that is a mix of players from around the world, including LIV Golf signees as well as PGA Tour entrants. Bryson DeChambeau, recent U.S. Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, John Rahm, 2022 Masters winner Scottie Scheffler and 2022 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas are listed in the field that includes 11 of the top 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The tournament also will host a slate of celebrities that includes Bill Murray and Mark Wahlberg.

The event will be streamed from 9 a.m.-2:30 ET on Peacock on Monday and Tuesday, with coverage reshown at 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. both days on Golf Channel.

Founded in 1990 at Limerick Golf Club, the JP McManus Pro-Am was started to raise money for charities in the mid-west region of Ireland. Roger Chapman won that first playing of the event. The then-European Tour got involved for the second playing in 1995, and Paul Broadhurst and Richard Bozall shared the trophy. The event continued to grow, and Woods won the third playing in 2000.

Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 18th hole during the first round of The JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor on July 5, 2010 in Limerick, Ireland. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

In 2005 the event was moved to Adare Manor, with Irishman Padraig Harrington earning the trophy. In 2010, Darren Clarke won at Adare Manor. The sixth playing of the event had been scheduled for 2020, but COVID restrictions pushed it back to this year.

Adare Manor was built in the early 1800s and changed hands numerous times over the past two centuries, with Irish businessman JP McManus purchasing the giant house, the 840-acre grounds and amenities in 2014. He has invested heavily in turning the property into one of the most lush and luxurious resorts in the country.

The Golf Course at Adare Manor was built by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1995, and as part of the resort’s overall redevelopment the course was renovated by Tom Fazio to reopen in 2018. It ranks No. 35 on Golfweek’s Best list of top modern courses in Great Britain and Ireland, and it was the site of the Irish Open in 2007 and ’08. It originally was slated to host the Ryder Cup in 2026, but COVID pushed each following Ryder Cup back a year.

Check out the photos below to get an idea of the scope of Adare Manor.