Ex-Man United trio set for Wentworth

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Olympic winners, a former Formula One world champion as well as some football, cricket and tennis greats are all set to tee off at this year’s BMW PGA Championship pro-am.

Britain’s greatest-ever Olympian Steve Redgrave and fellow retired rower Matthew Pinsent have been confirmed for the event as has 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill.

Of course there will also be footballers in action and three former Manchester United players, Peter Schmeichel, Teddy Sheringham and Phil Neville, will show off their golfing talents when they line up alongside Rory McIlroy.

Two-time major champion McIlroy is a diehard Manchester United fan and he can’t wait to play with the trio.

“I am really looking forward to a round of golf with a few of my Man United heroes…I believe they have some silky golfing skills too,” the 25-year-old, who is one of the favourites with Paddy Power to win, said.

Former England international Neville admits there will be nerves when they step out at Wentworth.

“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 on to that first tee,” he said.

“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.”

This year marks the 60th edition of the European Tour’s flagship event – and you can bet on this and more at Paddy Power – and besides McIlroy, major winners like Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell will also be in action.

Cricket will be represented by Ian Botham, Brian Lara, Andrew Strauss and Allan Lamb, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will swap their tennis raquets for clubs while former footballers Gianfranco Zola, Andriy Shevchenko and Glenn Hoddle have also been confirmed.

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