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With his near-daily practice routine on the courses close to his Barbados home and his fully committed appearances on golf’s Legends Tour, Ian Woosnam is proud to report that he has managed to shed some weight in recent months.
Thankfully, however, on the morning before he flies to this weekend’s Masters, a player who was loved partly for his relatively relaxed approach to diet and fitness is not so concerned about his waistline that it might compromise his enjoyment of Tuesday’s champions dinner.
‘Have you seen the menu?’ Woosnam asks, taking in the Caribbean’s morning sun, while looking tanned and fit for a 65-year-old. ‘It’s looking good. Wagyu burgers, little sliders, nice big piece of fish, whatever you want. I’m looking forward to that.’
Drawn up by Scottie Scheffler, last year’s champion and clearly a proud Dallasite, the five courses also include Texan ribeye steak, firecracker shrimp and a warm chocolate chip cookie. Woosnam will look to burn off the calories with a practice round before watching the main event from behind the ropes.
He envisages a compelling contest, naming Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, the world No1 and No2, and Sam Burns, recent winner of the World Match Play, as three of his potential champions.
Ian Woosnam says Augusta suits Rory McIlroy, the world No 1, down the ground
He also believes Sam Burns, recent winner of the World Match Play, could win the Masters
‘Rory’s playing well,’ he says, jokingly comparing McIlroy’s recently shortened drive-shaft to a trick of his own. ‘It looks like he’s sorted his driver out, half an inch up — he copied me.
‘That’s one of the things you need at Augusta. If you’re driving well and long, it makes it easier. His irons are pretty good. Putter seems to be going well.’
What does he think might have prevented McIlroy from completing the set of major wins at Augusta, despite having finished in the top 10 eight times?