Manchester United icons Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Peter Schmeichel played
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The prestigious PGA Championship — held annually at the course in Surrey — kicks off on Thursday, but first some of golf's biggest names teamed up with rugby players, cricketers, footballers and more in the traditional Pro-Am event.
And the sporting greats turned out in force on a glorious day at Wentworth. Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Peter Schmeichel and Paul Scholes were three of the biggest names in the field as they teamed up with Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter.
Manchester United icons Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs enjoyed a round at Wentworth's Pro-Am
Giggs watches his iron-shot take flight during the Pro-Am tournament at Wentworth
Fellow United icon Paul Scholes also joined Giggs ahead of the BMW PGA Championship
The star duo were joined by United great Peter Schmeichel and teamed up with Ian Poulter
Scholes chips the ball towards the green during the tournament at the prestigious Wentworth
But it was not only the footballers who were stealing the show, some of rugby's elite were also out in force — in the form of ex-British and Irish lions.
Brian O'Driscoll, the 2005 Lions skipper, played off a handicap of nine alongside horse riding greats AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald. The trio of Irishmen were paired with compatriot Padraig Harrington.
Former England captains Will Carling and Mike Tindall were also paired together alongside 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
Former British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll watches on worryingly after his shot
O'Driscoll teamed up with horse racing royalty and fellow Irishman AP McCoy at Wentworth
Former England rugby captain Will Carling also turned out on a glorious day in Surrey
Former Lion and ex-Scotland captain Gavin Hastings celebrates after sinking a putt
Over the past decade, in the distant wake of golf’s arrival in Japan and its more recent wildfire spread in Korea and China, a burgeoning monied class has given rise to a swelling population of Vietnamese golfers and triggered a starburst of course construction
13-year-old golfer Dang Quang Anh has entered the list of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Anh got the ranking after becoming the youngest winner of the event for amateur male golfers at Vietnam MatchPlay Championship which, together with the VPG Tour MatchPlay Championship, was held at Long Thanh Golf Course in late December 2018.
Mahoney is the director of golf at the King's Island Resort, a 54-hole complex near Hanoi, which includes the BRG Group's Nicklaus course, and he also helps the company in looking at potential sites for new golf projects.