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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 March 2005, 07:51 GMT
Ian Woosnam's career in pictures

Paul Way (left), Sam Torrance (centre), Ian Woosnam (right)

Ian Woosnam (right) began his Ryder Cup career in 1983 but first tasted success in the famous 1985 win at The Belfry

Ian Woosnam poses with his Cessna 421 Golden Eagle plane in 1990

Woosie's early years as a pro in the late 1970s were a struggle but by 1990 he had bought his own plane

Ian Woosnam won the Masters in 1991

You little beauty! In 1991, Woosnam held off Jose Maria Olazabal and Tom Watson to win the Masters

Ian Woosnam wearing the Green Jacket of the Masters champion in 1991

The Welsh wizard became Europe's fourth straight Masters champion after Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo (twice)

Nick Faldo (left) and Ian Woosnam

Woosnam partnered Nick Faldo in 10 Ryder Cup matches, winning five and halving two

Ian Woosnam leads the celebrations at Valderrama in 1997

The legendary reveller leads European celebrations after Ryder Cup victory in Valderrama in Spain in 1997

Ian Woosnam's last European Tour win was the Volvo PGA in 1997

Woosnam's last regular Tour victory was the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth in 1997

Ian Woosnam

Woosie's love of the beize saw him named boss of the World Snooker Association in 1999 following Lord Archer's resignation

Caddie Miles Byrne (left), Ian Woosnam (centre), R&A rules chief John Paramor (right)

Disaster! At the 2001 Open at Royal Lytham, Woosnam is in contention before being penalised two strokes for having too many clubs in his bag. He finishes tied third

Ian Woosnam has won the World Match Play title at Wentworth in three different decades

Woosnam has won the World Match Play title at Wentworth in three different decades (1987, 1990, 2001)

Ian Woosnam (left) and England cricket legend Ian Botham

Woosie numbers England cricket legend Ian Botham among his close friends

Ian Woosnam

A golfer from the old school. Woosie has yet to embrace the fitness culture of the new generation of pros

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