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Ian Woosnam - Hot off the press. 
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'Woosie' stands five foot four and half inches tall. Diminutive in comparison to the tall, athletic golfers of today.

What he lacked in height Woosnam made up in raw power - attributing his big-hitting to the days when he had to lift bales of hay into the barn on his father's Shropshire farm.

Gary Player, the nine-time Major champion, noted their similarity in height when writing the foreword for Woosnam's autobiography.

"As small guys in golf, it's important that we stick together," Player wrote.

"They say that dynamite comes is small packages; well, Woosie has been dynamite on golf courses all over the world and there is no doubt in my mind that, pound for pound, Ian has been one of the finest players ever to take up the game."

Quite an accolade from the 1974 Hall of Famer.


Starting out as a professional golfer was a long way from the big money and private jets that came later.

Woosnam zigzagged from tournament to tournament, living out of his camper van. Money was tight, so a can of baked beans at the end of the day often substituted for a hearty meal.

But canned food and self-drive road trips were soon replaced by the comfort of his private plane as he jetted across the globe in a pursuit to become the best in his sport.

That title, however, belongs to the 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus.

"I always enjoy playing with Woosie," said Jack Nicklaus. "He's a fun character to be with and it's nice to have him join us.

"He's certainly deserved being in the Hall of Fame. He's won a lot of tournaments internationally and represented Great Britain, and of course Wales, all over the world."

Fifty weeks as world number one

In a career which has spanned more than 40 years and shows no sign of stopping, Woosnam has amassed an enviable collection of golfing honours and titles.

Since his maiden win in 1982 at the Swiss Open Championship he has gone on to secure 46 worldwide victories - 30 of those have come on the European and PGA Tours.

The highlight is unquestionably the 1991 Masters victory at Augusta National. When he sank the winning putt Woosnam had not just bagged himself a famous green jacket, he had cemented himself on the world stage.

The 59-year-old has won more professional golf tournaments on tour than any other male British golfer and, for 50 weeks in 1991 and 1992, he was number one in the world rankings.

"You don't get there unless you are one of the best of the best," explains World Golf Hall of Fame historian Dr Tony Parker. "Ian Woosnam is one of the best of the best."


The honour is well deserved, nice one, Woosie.


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