Limerick’s hurlers have been receiving their fair share of praise from around the sporting world, following their All-Ireland senior hurling final triumph last Sunday.
One of the biggest and most surprising names to congratulate John Kiely’s men was golfer and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.
Woods is a close friend of JP McManus who sponsors the hurlers through Sporting Limerick and he told website Golf, by TourMiss that the victory is “great news for JP and Limerick”
“JP is one of my dearest friends and it’s cool his Limerick team finally won the title as I know how passionate he is about his hurling as well as his love of horse-racing and, of course, golf,” said Woods.
“I remember one year I was over for his Pro-Am and JP took me to a hurling match. I thought it was pretty neat but not a sport I would want to try (smiling).
“I try to keep in contact with him as much as our time allows but that’s great news for JP and Limerick and I’m really pleased for him as JP just does so much for sport in Ireland.”
Woods and McManus have been friends since the 90s and the American confirmed that he would be playing in the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2020 which is set to take place at Adare Manor.
“I’m not sure when we’ll catch-up next but I do know I am looking forward to going back to Ireland in 2020 for his Pro-Am at Adare Manor as it’s been a long time since we played the Pro-Am.
“It’s again right before The Open and I’ve always supported the event.
“I see we’re heading to JPs Adare Manor as I knew guys like Rory (McIlroy) and Paddy (Padraig Harrington) were over there just after the Masters for a grand re-opening so it all sounds pretty exciting.
“But as I said, it was a pretty cool result last weekend for JP and Limerick and my congrats to them.”