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Aussie footy legend joins former tennis number one Ash Barty in star-studded golf competition

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Aussie footy legend joins Ash Barty in a star-studded new golf competition that will pit them against some of the biggest names in world sport

  • Wallabies legend George Gregan, 49, stars in the star-studded golf Icon Series
  • Gregan joins other Australian sporting greats Ricky Ponting and Ash Barty
  • The two-day tournament will be held in New Jersey on June 30 and July 1.
  • Football manager Pep Guardiola and American swimmer Michael Phelps will also play

Decorated former Wallabies captain George Gregan has confirmed he will compete with ex-tennis star Ash Barty in a golf match to be held in the US.

Gregan, 49, will tee off on June 30 and July 1 at the Icon Series — an exhibition golf event featuring global sports identities — in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Fellow Australian sports legend Ricky Ponting will also hit the greens in the tournament, which will be played over a nine-hole team match play format on the Liberty National course.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya and retired American swimmer Michael Phelps are also confirmed starters.

Golfing Fred Couples becomes captain of the American team, with iconic South African golfer Ernie Els as captain of the Rest of the World team.

Former Wallabies captain George Gregan (pictured with leading Australian golfer Jason Day) has confirmed he will join Ash Barty in an exciting golf competition to be held in the US

Gregan will be part of the same Rest of the World team as Barty for the golf expo event in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30 and July 1.

Gregan will be part of the same Rest of the World team as Barty for the golf expo event in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30 and July 1.

Gregan, who played 139 Tests for Australia, has known Ponting for many years and is looking forward to seeing Barty again.

“I met Ash Barty briefly. I’ve only heard great things from good friends of mine and I look forward to the opportunity to spend some time with her,” he said.

“Playing golf is the bonus.”

In April, Barty, 26, signed on to play in the International Golf Exhibition.

It came just weeks after she stunned the tennis world by announcing that she was retiring from the sport – despite being the number one in the world at the time.

Named on Els’ Rest of the World team, she’s anything but a weekend hacker.

Cricket great Ricky Ponting will also grace the US greens, named in Ernie Els' Rest of the World squad

Cricket great Ricky Ponting will also grace the US greens, named in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World squad

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is another big name heading to New Jersey to play at Liberty National

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is another big name heading to New Jersey to play at Liberty National

Barty has reportedly lowered her handicap to four and is engaged to Garry Kissick, a golf professional in training.

She also recently won the women’s competition at her home club Brookwater, in the west of Brisbane.

Karrie Webb, who has 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, played a round with Barty in 2019 and had no doubts that she had the talent to play at a high level.

“If she puts in some time, I can see she’s going to be a great player,” Webb told AAP.

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