Ian Woosnam: Welsh golf is fading away


Ian Woosnam believes golf in Wales has begun to suffer since the country hosted the Ryder Cup three years ago at Celtic Manor.

Woosnam has expressed his worries at the current lack of Welsh talent on the European Tour, with just one Welsh player in the world’s top 100.

Jamie Donaldson is that man, with himself and Phil Price the only two Welshmen on the European tour.

Woosnam told BBC Sport: "It would be nice to get the government to back it [golf] and get youngsters to win a major tournament. We're trying to advertise golf in Wales, but need players out there.

“We used to have five, six or seven players on the tour. It's just fading away again so we need to get some sort of infrastructure in place to get the players playing.”

Woosnam was the last player to win one of golf’s majors when he won the Masters in 1991, although Price was a member of the winning Ryder Cup team in 2002.

Wales was the host nation for the 2010 Ryder Cup when the Celtic Manor provided the back drop for Europe to secure a 14½ to 13½ win over the United States.

As a result of golf's biggest showpiece coming to Wales, Golf Development Wales was set up with the remit Woosnam is calling for.

This enabled around 200,000 people in the country to be able to try golf with 5,000 newly-trained volunteers involved with clubs and there were also 38 new facilities around Wales.


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