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Former Premier League footballer Jimmy Bullard has been barred from one of England’s most exclusive golf clubs over a beer bottle stunt.
Bullard, who made a name for himself for his off-field antics as a player at Wigan, Fulham and Hull City, is widely known as one of the best footballers to have taken up golf.
The 45-year-old plays off a +1 handicap and even teed it up in EuroPro Tour events after his playing days were over.
But Bullard won’t be teeing it up again at Sunningdale Golf Club anymore after admitting he got “too carried away” in an incident with a bottle of Peroni this summer.
He told the snooker legend Stephen Hendry, who plays at the Berkshire course, that he had been banished from the club after hitting his drive off the bottle on the first tee.
“I’m not allowed to go again,” he said on the seven-time world champion’s Cue Tips Youtube channel. “I had a few drinks and I got carried away. I put a Peroni off the first tee and clipped a ball off it. It’s obviously not the thing to do, so I apologise.”
Bullard, who said the four-time Women’s Open venue was his favourite course, added: “If there are any Sunningdale members watching, I do apologise. I really want to come back.”
A video of the incident was posted on Bullard’s Instagram account, with the former midfielder telling his 500,000 followers that “the Peroni Picker is here.”
But his antics have clearly not gone down well with bosses at Sunningdale, where it costs £92,000 to become a full member.
bunkered.co.uk reached out to Sunningdale, who declined to comment.
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