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Welsh ace Ian Woosnam brings down curtain on Masters career

By Phil Casey

Former champion Ian Woosnam has called time on his playing career at the Masters, 25 years after winning the green jacket at Augusta National.

Woosnam added an 81 to his opening 82 to finish 19 over par, although the 58-year-old was pleased to at least finish with a par on the 18th, just as he did in 1991 to edge out Jose Maria Olazabal.

"The 18th was as well as I played this week," said the former Ryder Cup captain, who has now missed the cut in 14 of his last 15 Masters appearances.

"It's just getting really tough. That's my last go. I am not fit enough to play with my bad back. Every time I play this course it just seizes on me and I can't swing the club properly. I am in pain all the way round so it's time to say bye-bye really.

"I have ankylosing spondylitis and I can't play with all the slopes here. I was swinging it beautifully before I came here. I am always taking pain killers just to play but it's too tough here for me.

"I said in the past that if I started shooting in the 80s I would call it a day. I am in just in pain all the way round and you can't expect to play well.

"I'll still keep coming to the tournament. It's a shame to finish off playing like that but you can only do your best. I've still got a green jacket.

"(The par) was a great way to finish. The drive wasn't actually that bad but I was trying to keep it tight to the left and just caught a tree and I had to hit a rescue club to get it up there but it was a pretty exciting way to finish."

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