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Every golfer lucky enough to play in The Masters knows that one day will be their final competitive round at Augusta National.

For Ian Woosnam, that day was today.

After carding rounds of 80 and 76 to miss the cut comfortably, the 1991 champion announced that he would not take part in the first men’s major championship of the season. 

“This is the last one, so sad to go,” said Woosnam, 61.

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The Welshman added that his wife persuaded him to keep playing, having resolved to give up a few years ago. 

This time, he says, there will be no U-turn.

Ian Woosnam 2019 Masters

“I just decided to come and play a couple more times, but it doesn’t seem to get any better any time I come back,” he added. “It the walking, it’s just, it’s a shame. Maybe if they will give me a cart or something like that I’ll come back. That would be all right. But I don’t think I’ll get that. 

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“But it’s been a pleasure being here, being a champion, I look forward to coming for many more years.”

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Woosnam said he plans to continue to come and play in the Par-3 Tournament and to enjoy all of the other perks of being a past champion.

“I’ll get my green jacket on, float around and enjoy it.”

Woosnam takes his bow after making 30 Masters appearances. Since his debut in 1988, he has missed only one edition of the tournament, in 2007. However, he hasn’t made a cut since 2008, when he finished 44th.


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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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