Former BOYZONE singer Ronan Keating has spent a staggering $180,000 (GBP100,000) on a golfing cart prior to his appearance on a celebrity golfing TV show - because he's terrified of being outdone by the A-list line-up.

The Irish singer fears Hollywood stars including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant and Jodie Kidd will out class him on the set of British satellite TV network Sky's ALL STAR CUP and plots to steal the limelight with a state-of-the-art buggy.

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "It's cost a small fortune. It has got black chrome wheels, the front windscreen is tinted black and it has a full GPRS navigation system.

"On top of that he's spent GBP10,000 on a top of the range music system for the buggy."

Keating's spokesperson insists, "He takes his golf seriously, but the golf cart is supposed to be tongue in cheek.

"He saw a luxury cart in America and decided he wanted one for himself. "