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JUSTIN ROSE: ‘I AM REALLY HAPPY FOR SERGIO. I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THE GREEN JACKET, BUT IF IT WASN’T ME, I AM GLAD IT IS HIM’ • From Page 3 And who can forget seeing Rose, statuesque and dignified, giving Garcia the thumbs-up to acknowledge a great shot down the 18th? They made us proud, both of them. Garcia said afterwards: ‘We are good friends so we were very respectful of each other. We Peter Baker & Nigel Mansell were cheering each other on. We wanted to beat the other guy, not the other lose it.’

Heartache Rose said: ‘I am really happy for Sergio. I would love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me, I am glad it is him. He has had his share of heartache over the years. We have been friends for a long time and playing golf against each other since we were 14 years old. ‘

‘We will get up tomorrow and he will be happy for a month and then golf will take Michael Cambell over; I will be unhappy for a month and golf will take over for me.’ Rose, 36, held a two-shot lead with five holes to go but lost when Garcia birdied the first extra hole on Sunday.

‘I feel it is a tournament I can still do well in,’ said Rose. ‘It's a course you can get to know and be competitive here for a long, long time.’ Rose, who has finished tied second, 10th and now second in his last three Masters, was referring to 57-year-old American Fred Couples, winner of the Green Jacket in Paul Lawrie 1992, who has had six top-20 finishes in his last seven appearances.

‘I felt in control all day,’ Rose added. ‘Sometimes the rub of the green is for you and sometimes it isn't. I hit a really good putt on 18 in regulation and thought it was going in. I see myself having many more chances to come.’

GOLF BONANZA AT NAILCOTE HALL

Callum Shinkwin

This one’s for you, Seve: Garcia was ‘amazing’ to join his Spanish idols Seve Ballesteros and Josefood Maria Olazabal as a Masters champion. Right, 2016 champion Danny Willett helps Garcia into the famous Green Jacket The 84th British Parsaid3itChampionships sponsored by frozen specialists Farmfoods was held at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire in August and provided four days of top class entertainment and some spectacular golf provided by the assembled professionals and celebrities from all spheres of sport and of course the entertainment industry. It was the ideal venue to see and be in close contact with many family favourites and sporting stars.

Gary Wolstenholme MBE. .Many home players The British Par 3 Championships started out have launched their careers after playing at the at the Palace Hotel in Torquay in 1933, it was Cromwell, Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell, Dan Walker an important event on the golfing calendar and gave the professionals a good opportunity Charley Hull are all becoming household names. It was good to see Callum Shinkwin to earn prize money at a time when the going so soon after his great showing in the recent was hard. After the war, sadly the tournament lapsed, and it was not until 1998 that thanks to Scottish Open, another star of the future. Rick Cressman, the tournament was brought This year the first day of the Pro Am event made • THIS year’s Masters was the last for Hazel Irving as the face of the BBC’s to •lifePORTSMOUTH’S hosted at NailcoteScott Hall. Gregory The opening was hampered by heavy rain, and the event the most of his first Augusta golf coverage. tee shot was played by Charlie Ward of Little was reduced to 27 holes, the first nine totally experience. Aston, a star of the era. It has progressed washed out, but from there on the golf was • Irvine, above left, has stepped down after 25 years as a golf presenter and eight and continued to attract the famous and the scintillating. After the first day Ian Woosnam • The 22-year-old secured his place years theatcorporation’s leadin anchor for sport, although she will remain the face skilled to enjoy golf on a dramatic course that held theaslead two under par, but the through victory in the British Amateur of snooker and host major events such although it only measures 1048 yards, is a real sunshine of Thursday, locally born Richard as the Olympics. , and had up testChampionship of golf, and all agreed thatwarmed the 4th, aptly O’Hanlon stormed through to win with a score withShrimp’s victory Isle, in the Georgia Cupwas overa real of • rvine is handing overthe to trophy Eilidhand Barbour, called at just 95 yards five under par and take first above right, who joins a team that US amateur includes Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and beast. Rick had champion acquired theCurtis Hall inLuck 1991–and prize of Euros 50,000. Richard also won theAndrew Cotter. She will make her debut at the of YouTube setand forthbyonwatching a missionhours to create one of the best team PGA prize Championship May. Tony Lymn. with amateurinpartner Jamie Donaldson from previous parfootage 3 courses in the world. ItMasters. is no surprise that Many of those in the gallery also came to see twenty years after the first par 3 event was • Barbour hasamong covered for BBC the celebrities, the golf favourites wereRadio Len 5 Live and is familiar to sports fans launched, that the Cromwell Course has been • Scott’s rounds of 82 and 75 were as a reporter on Football Focus, Final Score, the Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup Goodman of Strictly Come Dancing, William nominated for the of “World’s BesthePar 3 not enough to title avoid the cut but games. She also fronts the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby. Roache from Coronation Street, Formula I Course”. racked up invaluable exposure as he star Nigel Mansell, darts World Champions works qualification the ‘re-align • Irvine said wants The list of towards participants and the Rollfor of Honour Eric Bristow andshe Keith Deller,toathletics wasmy on-air commitments around the changing Walkerincludes Cup squad later this year. fornext the winners several European Tour represented needs of my family’. by Derek Redmond, soccer by players and Ryder Cup representatives, but Robbie Fowler, Alan McInally Peter With and the most famous is the Tournament host Open Kenny Burns, and Dan walker held the role for Champion, US Open Champion and Ryder Cup broadcasting. Legend, Tony Jacklin CBE. He has performed All in all a superbly run event, and providing that duty for the last ten years, and is the good golf, plenty of opportunities for beacon that attractsdreamed the best golfers, this year RORY McILROY of winning a Greenautographs Jacket that McIlroy andhe photographs withhas the also stars,revealed he will make some equipment changes including several celebrated overseaswedding. players. could wear at his forthcoming following the Masters - including playing with a different ball: ‘I who were simply first class in the way they This year the list includes several major trophy my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind, responded to the galleries.thought It has been a few William Roache winners, in addition to Tony Jacklin, saw McIlroy, who has just signed a newwe £89million deal with Nike, willcovered very inconsistent. So there's one thing I will change and try to years since I last the championship, Ian Woosnam OBE, Michael Campbell, Paul wed American fiancé Erica Stoll, a USPGA worker.but I will certainly return next workyear on.’for a great Lawrie, Dame Laura Davies and Trish Jonson, event in the calendar. Nailcote Hall, Farmfoods and European Tour winners Tommy Horton, The deal with Nike He secured another top ten finish at Augusta, soand mustpartners wait again for Champions (UK) Plc deserve fullis for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making Constantino Rocca. Peter Baker, Jarmo praise for what a unique eventit on clubs and balls, lets McIlroy’s team negotiate with equipment a chance to win the one Major title eluding him as he seeks to has become Sandelin, Jamie Donaldson, Steve Webster the golfing scene. Michael Rees companies. At the moment, McIlroy is using Callaway drivers and become the first European to complete a career Grand Slam. Des Smyth and former amateur champion irons, Titleist wedges and ball and a Scotty Cameron putter. McIlroy revealed that he had dreamed of standing at the wedding Each would obviously like the world No.2 to endorse their products. ceremony in one of the most famous jackets on the planet: ‘It would have been nice to walk down the aisle in the Green Jacket. Would I However, without a logo allowed on his Nike cap or clothes these have done that? Oh yeah, if the members would have allowed me. If Mr could lead to complex arrangements. Payne (Augusta chairman) would have allowed me. We're very excited. It's a great time in our lives and it's all about that over the next couple Nike said they were stopping making equipment in a competitive of weeks and I'll come back at the Players Championship refreshed and marketplace in which it only managed to secure nine per cent share a married man and start a new chapter in my life.’ despite the patronage of Tiger Woods and McIlroy.

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