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Woosie Thinking About Taking It Easy

Victorious Ryder Cup captain talking about retirement

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Chris White

Ian Woosnam lead Europe to the 2006 Ryder Cup

One of the victorious European Ryder Cup captains of recent years has announced that he is thinking about retiring from golf “within the next two or three years” having suffered from a number of back problems in recent years.

Former world number one Ian Woosnam, who is currently 53, and joined the European Senior Tour back in 2008 made the announcement after missing a number of competitions with the complaints and has admitted that he would have missed more had it not been for a number of injections.

The 1991 Masters winner suffers from spondylitis, which requires weekly injections to allow him to keep playing. Woosnam told the BBC that the injection keeps him “flexible and feeling pretty good, but maybe not good enough to keep playing until 60.”

Woosnam, who lead Europe to Ryder Cup glory in 2006 at The K Club by 18.5-9.5, recently finished 10 shots behind Senior Open winner Russ Cochran at Walton Heath, which left him tied for 16th. He recently ended a two-year winless streak, winning at the Berenberg Bank Masters in June, but he has now confessed “a lot of playing now is about enjoying it.”

“I’ve been doing it for 35 years and I now pick the tournaments I want to play, and the ones that are convenient. If I play well, I play well, if I don’t, I don’t worry too much,” he said.

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