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Ian Woosnam's miserable Masters ends after two rounds

THE MASTERS
Venue: Augusta National Date: 8-11 April
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Ian Woosnam and caddie Christopher Russell plough on in their second round at the Masters
Woosnam admitted to feeling 'exhausted' after the first round

Former winner Ian Woosnam crashed out of the 2010 Masters after recording his worst ever score at Augusta.

The 1991 champion added an 83 to his first-round 81 to finish at 20 over.

The 52-year-old Welshman's first round had been his worst since his very first outing on the course 22 years ago and he admitted to feeling 'exhausted'.

"I've been playing so poorly, half the time I don't know where it's going to go," said the ex-world number one, who has made the cut just once in 10 years.

"I'm trying to alter my swing and on a course like this it's too much hard work," said Woosnam after the first round.

Ian Woosnam in 1991

Masters Archive - Ian Woosnam wins in 1991

"I battled on, but the wind's swirling all over and the guys are going to have a nightmare."

Woosnam, the only Welshman in the field, was the first European out on course when he teed off at 1312 BST on Thursday with American Brian Gay and Australian Marc Leishman.

Even in the practice rounds Woosnam had admitted to struggling and admitted: "The course is in great shape but it's going to be hard for shorter hitters.

"It was really hot and dusty and hard work, 1991 seems like a lifetime ago."

Ian Woosnam celebrates victory at Augusta in 1991
Memories of Augusta glory for Woosnam are increasingly distant

Woosnam spent 50 weeks as world number one, leaving him fifth on the all-time list of weeks spent there behind Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.

Woosnam's Masters victory 19 years ago - when he beat Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal by one shot - was the highlight of the eight-time Ryder Cup star's 44 worldwide wins in his professional career.

But the 1997 Volvo PGA Championship title was his last main tour triumph and, since turning 50, Woosnam has played on the Seniors Tour and won the European Senior Tour order of merit in 2008.



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