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Why two Man United legends are playing golf with Niall Horan and Rory McIlroy today

The Pro-Am at the PGA Championship is a who’s who of the sporting world.

THE BMW PGA Championship starts on Wednesday and the time-sheet for the Pro-Am in Wentworth is like a who’s who of sporting legends.

More than 50 celebrities from the world of sport, music, TV and film have teamed up with some of the biggest names in golf for the prestigious Pro-Am event at the plush country club in Surrey just outside London.

Event organisers announced the line-up for this year’s Championship curtain raiser earlier and there are a host of star-studded groups ready to tackle the iconic West Course.

Golf - 2014 BMW PGA Championship - Pro/Am - Wentworth Golf Club Phil Neville in action during last year's event in Wentworth Source: Adam Davy

This year’s cast doesn’t disappoint with an array of footballers, rugby players, jockeys and cricketers set to grace the fairways with their agricultural swings and dodgy putting.

As was announced a couple of weeks ago, world number one Rory McIlroy will tee it up alongside former Man United stars Paul Scholes and Phil Neville with One Direction’s Niall Horan, who caddied for McIlroy in the Par 3 tournament at Augusta, completing the four ball.

Recently retired AP McCoy will have a lot more time on his hands now and he plays alongside Shane Lowry and fellow jockeys Mick Fitzgerald and Carl Llewellyn while Keith Wood joins Padraig Harrington for a big-hitting team which also includes Mike Tindall and Andy Nicol.

Here’s the time-sheet in full and it got us debating who we would invite to play in a four ball. Let us know who you’d like to play 18 holes with in the comment section below.

  • Rory McIlroy, Niall Horan, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes
  • Martin Kaymer, Richard Hughes, Rory Lawson
  • Padraig Harrington, Mike Tindall, Keith Wood, Andy Nicol
  • Darren Clarke, Nigel Mansell, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Sir Steve Redgrave
  • David Howell, Jodie Kidd, Tom Chaplin, Rick Wills
  • Paul Lawrie, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham, Dan Walker

Golf - 2014 BMW PGA Championship - Pro/Am - Wentworth Golf Club AP is back on the fairways for another crack at the whip Source: Adam Davy

  • Ross Fisher, Jeremy Kyle, Mark Austin, Andrew Cotter
  • Stephen Gallagher, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Gordon Strachan
  • Pablo Larrazabal, Tim Henman, John Inverdale
  • Simon Khan, Damon Hill, Matt Le Tissier, Greg Rusedski
  • Shane Lowry, AP McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald, Carl Llewellyn
  • Paul McGinley, Sir Clive Woodward
  • Lee Westwood, Ant McPartlin, Dec Donnelly, Alan Shearer
  • Justin Rose, Jamie Redknapp, Dwight Yorke, Kevin Pietersen
  • Marc Warren, Ian Wright, Jay Tabb, Ady Williams
  • Jamie Donaldson, Chris Robshaw, Ben Foden, Rob Bonnet

Golf - 2013 BMW PGA Championship - PRO/AM Tournament - Wentworth Club Andriy Shevchenko is a serious golfer and even made his Pro debut at the Ukraine Open in 2013 Source: Adam Davy

  • Edoardo Molinari, Gianfranco Zola, Andriy Shevchenko, Daniele Massaro
  • Francesco Molinari, Anton Du Beke
  • Danny Willett, Sir Ian Botham, Allan Lamb, Shane Warne
  • Tommy Fleetwood, Tiff Needell, Chris Hollins, Derek Warwick
  • Brooks Koepka, Eve Muirhead

  • Victor Dubuisson, David Ginola
  • Branden Grace, Brian Lara, Glenn Hoddle, Rishi Persad
  • Thorbjörn Olesen, Jamie Roberts
  • Luke Donald, Vassos Alexander
  • Graeme McDowell, Chris Evans

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Golf - 2014 BMW PGA Championship - Pro/Am - Wentworth Golf Club Clive Woodward is among the many high-profile rugby names taking part Source: Adam Davy

Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has pulled out of next week’s Irish Open in Royal County Down.

Reed was scheduled to play in Wentworth before making the trip across the Irish sea. However, he has opted instead to play at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.

“We will not be able to travel overseas at this time. My sincere apologies go to the organisers of both events, and to the fans,” Reed said.

“I am really looking forward to playing on the European Tour this year which makes me even more disappointed to withdraw from Wentworth and the Irish Open.”

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