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The CEO of PureGym has come in for heavy criticism after dismissing golf as a “rich people’s sport”.

Reacting to news that outdoor sports will be able to resume in England from March 29, Humphrey Cobbold implied that the news would have very little bearing on the majority of the population as he made the case for gyms, such as his, to be re-opened.

“It’s all very well to hear that tennis and golf will be re-opening at the end of the month but, let’s be honest, those are rich people’s sports,” Cobbold, a multi-millionaire Cambridge University graduate, told Sky News.

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“Gyms are the preferred way that the average man or woman on the street gets out and gets their activity. Over ten million people do their exercise and activity this way and they are absolutely desperate to get back for the benefits of physical and mental wellbeing that gyms provide.”

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday laid out a roadmap for England’s exit from COVID-19 restrictions. Golf and other outdoor sports will be able to resume from March 29 at the earliest, with gyms required to wait a further fortnight until April 12 at the earliest.

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Suffice to say, Cobbold’s comments were not well received by golfers on social media, with leading caddies Craig Connelly and Mark Fulcher – loopers for Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari respectively – amongst those to criticise him.

Many others chimed in, too…

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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