Hollywood stars join Portrush Pro-Am

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LOST in Translation star Bill Murray and his brother Joel, who plays Freddy Rumsen in hit television show Mad Men, are among the stars set to play in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Portrush next week.

A host of other famous faces - from Legends of the Fall actor Aidan Quinn to singer Ronan Keating, football’s Martin O’Neill and Pat Jennings, and rugby stars David Humphreys and Andrew Trimble - will also take part.

The Pro-Am is held on the day before the Irish Open proper gets underway, Wednesday, June 27.

“The Irish Open is a fantastic opportunity for those involved in local tourism and sport to showcase our fantastic facilities here in Northern Ireland,” the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Alan Clarke, said.

With our three home-grown major golf champions, a world class course and a fantastic line-up competing for the prize, it’s really no surprise that this event has captured the imagination of celebrities and public alike.”

The Irish Open is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in nearly 60 years and the European Tour is expecting the event to be a sell-out, with over 100,000 people expected to descend on the North Coast.

The four-day tournament runs from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July.