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Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will be on the hunt for holes rather than goals when he makes his Challenge Tour debut in Ukraine this week.

The event marks the first time golf's Challenge Tour has been taken to Ukraine and the country's biggest sporting icon will be there at the Kharkov Superior Cup.

More known for his lethal finishing, Shevchenko is no stranger to the golf course and will hope to be as deadly on the green as he was in the box.

Speaking to the European Tour's official website, the former Ballon d'Or winner said: "I have played with many good players in Pro-Ams but it's different here. I'm looking forward to it and hope I play well but it's my first event and I just want to have a good time and enjoy the week."

Shevchenko, who cost Chelsea £30million upon his arrival in 2006, is delighted his nation have been given the opportunity to host the event, which takes place at the Superior Golf and Spa Resort.

"This is the first big even for me and of course it is the first event here in Ukraine so it's a huge event for golf in this country," explained Shevchenko.

He added, "It's nice the Challenge Tour have decided to come here. It's great for us."

Having found the back of the net 48 times for his country, Shevchenko would have perhaps livened up last night's goalless between England and Ukraine. But, since his retirement, he's now fully focussed on golf, and will hope home advantage can give him the edge.

"I know this course for my years, since it first opened, and I love it here. The course is quite difficult. I'm happy with my game at the moment and I'm really happy to be here," he said.

Despite impressing since his career-change, 'Sheva' will face fierce competition from golf's top up and coming starts as well as experienced pro's. One time Ryder Cup player, Oliver Wilson and three-time European Tour winer Nick Dougherty will also feature as well as former tennis world number one, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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