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Ian Woosnam OBE Confirmed for Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2012

A stalwart of Tony Jacklin's highly successful European Ryder Cup teams of the 1980s, 1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam OBE will be joining his former skipper at Nailcote Hall as they compete for the coveted 2012 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship trophy on 7th-10th August. With more than 48 professional titles to his name worldwide and a famous Masters Tournament Green Jacket in his wardrobe, Ian Woosnam is quite simply one of the most successful European golfers of the last 50 years and all the team behind the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2012 are delighted that he will be teeing off at Nailcote Hall on the 7th-10th August. Woosnam will always be remembered for his victory at the 1991 Masters Tournament. Going on to the 72nd hole tied with José María Olazábal and Tom Watson on -11 par, Woosnam managed a solid par at the last while the other two players bogeyed to ensure the Welshman was the one wearing the Green Jacket at the close of play. The victory came at a time when Woosnam really was the best player in the world, having surged to the top of the world rankings earlier that season, a position he enjoyed for a total of 50 weeks.

Managing Director of event organiser Champions (UK) Plc, Matthew Hayes, is delighted at the announcement,

“Ian Woosnam playing at this year’s event reflects the ongoing ambition of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship to be one of the biggest events on the golfing calendar. We are looking forward to four days of action packed and entertaining golf”.

Owner of the fabulous Nailcote Hall, Rick Cressman, is looking forward to seeing the Welsh Master in action,

“The Championship continues to attract stellar names from the golfing fraternity and I am excited at the prospect of seeing a Masters Champion take on the Cromwell Course. It will be great to see our superb host Tony Jacklin CBE link up with one of his former players from the legendary Ryder Cup teams of the 1980’s”.

When Woosnam led Europe to victory as skipper at the 2006 Ryder Cup, it was a fantastic tribute to one of Europe's most successful matchplay players ever. As the only player to win the prestigious World Matchplay Championship in three different decades, Woosnam became a stalwart of Tony Jacklin's highly successful Ryder Cup teams in the 1980s. Throughout his matchplay career, Woosnam's legendary fiery competitiveness made him a formidable opponent, forming excellent partnerships with Sam Torrance in 1983 and Paul Way in 1985. In 1987, an inspired pairing of Woosnam and Faldo proved instrumental as Europe strode to their first victory on US soil at Muirfield Village, Ohio. Since turning professional in 1976, Woosnam has been successful in every decade of his near 40 year career and is still at the top of his game today. In his first season on the Senior Tour, Woosnam made history by becoming the only player to win both the European Tour Order of Merit and the European Senior Tour Order of Merit in his career. Combining a thriving course design business with his playing commitments, Woosnam finished the 2011 season in fifth place on the Senior Tour Order of Merit, suggesting he will be one of the toughest competitors at Nailcote Hall in August.

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