Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Power Play Disturbs Woosie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Power Play Disturbs Woosie

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IAN WOOSNAM today admitted for the first time that advancing old age and new technology are combining to rob him of the enjoyment of playing top tournament golf.

Since turning professional 27 years ago Woosnam has been recognised as one of the game's great characters, with his willingness to acknowledge the lighter side of golf being matched by a steely determination that won him a Masters title at Augusta, the European Order of Merit and eight Ryder Cup caps.

But even a six-under-par 66 in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic here - which left the 45-year-old Welshman at nine under par, just one shot behind clubhouse leaders Ernie Els of South Africa, Finn Mikko Ilonen and England's David Lynn - failed to raise a smile.

"I must be getting older or something," he said. "I feel really tired today.

I know I did a good score but it seems like hard work trying to stick up with the young lads.

"The game has changed. It is a case now of hit it has far as you can, hit it as hard as you can. There doesn't seem to be any finesse, like cutting one against the wind or hit one in low.

"I don't like the game any more. It's not fun. These new clubs and balls are great in that they go long distances, but the game doesn't demand any art. …

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