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U2 abandons its 'sacred pledge' for a good cause


Decades after vowing to avoid golf at all costs, U2 is breaking its promise for charity.

The Irish band has agreed to play a round of miniature golf with the winner of a raffle, just one of the celebrity prizes offered in support of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on December 1.

After playing putt-putt somewhere with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., the lucky winner and a friend will be invited to swing by the traditional 19th hole for a relaxing pint with the band. Airline tickets and accommodations at a four-star hotel are also part of the deal.

Other prizes include "an intensely fun workout" with Charlize Theron and an invitation to accompany Reese Witherspoon to next year's Los Angeles premiere of the Disney fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time."

The golf outing will mark the end of U2's self-imposed ban on the game long associated with presidents, wealthy business executives and weekend duffers.

"U2 made a pledge early on, as teenagers actually, when we formed the band," Bono recalled recently, "that the one thing we would never ever do—and it was a sacred pledge—was to play golf."

Now they're sacrificing pride in the name of love. It's a beautiful day.

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