Woosie: My Autobiography

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One of the most powerful and popular players of his generation, Ian Woosnam is a golfing legend. His life story ranges from the struggle to earn a living in a hard-working mining community, through the highs and lows of the amateur and professional game, to becoming a household name. This is the inspiring story of this farmer's son who worked his way up to become the number one golfer in the world, but who never forgot to have fun. Few European golfers have won more professional tournaments, but Ian Woosnam's remarkable life in golf has always added up to much more than the number of strokes on his card. Aggressive on the tee, relaxed in the bar, rarely spotted in a gym, Woosnam has become a hugely popular figure in 25 years of pro golf; affectionately known as "Woosie" from Oswestry to Osaka, St Andrews to Sun City, Wentworth to West Palm Beach. In his autobiography he recounts the untold tales of his early years. He recalls turning pro as a teenager and the tribulations of establishing himself on the European tour; his battles in no fewer than seven Ryder Cups alongside the likes of Faldo, Ballesteros and Lyle; and the drama of his 1991 US Masters triumph. He also revisits the infamous fifteenth club fiasco when leading the 2001 Open; and his World Matchplay triumph against the odds that same year. The book is fully updated to include events from 2002. Away from the fairway, he talks about the support of his wife and three children, especially through the tough times when injury and loss of from threatened to curtail his career.

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Ian Woosnam was born in March 1958. He made his breakthrough on the European tour in 1982; in 1987 he played a crucial role in Europe's retention of the Ryder Cup. He won the US Masters in 1991, and has topped the European Order of Merit three times. He now lives in Jersey. Edward Griffiths has spent his life working in and around sport, including a spell as Sports Editor of the Sunday Times in South Africa. His previous books include collaborations with Jonty Rhodes and Francois Pienaar.

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