Woosie may have played last Masters

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Ian Woosnam may well have played his last Masters after setting himself up to miss the cut with a 2nd-round 77.

Ian Woosnam may well have played his last Masters after setting himself up to miss the cut with a 2nd-round 5-over 77 at Augusta on Friday.

This not so much because of his disappointing score, but more so because the
former Masters champion was forced by a hip injury to use a shooting stick to rest on between shots.

The 53-year-old Welshman’s 77 gave the him a 36-hole total of 11-over 155 which will bring with it his 10th missed cut in his last 11 visits to the scene of his 1991 triumph.

Woosnam was forced to use the shooting stick between shots to stop himself going into spasm and said afterwards: “I’m absolutely knackered. My short game’s just not good enough really, but I’m glad I played because I wasn’t going to on the first day.

“My hips are all seized up again and I’m very sore. I struggled through it, but didn’t hole a putt all week.

“I just had to take some sit-downs to take the spasm out of my back. Every now and again the spondylitis gets to me and I just have to get used to it.

“The seat is not a bad thing to have because it does not weigh anything, especially yesterday when it was five-and-a-half hours to get round. I think we were almost five hours today – it’s too slow really.

“I could feel it last week in Mississippi, but I could play in a buggy there.
“I don’t know if that’s going to be my last (Masters) or not yet.

“I’ll have to see how I’m playing next year – if I’m in this sort of state I most probably won’t play.”

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