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Close call for Shearer

Newcastle legend set to join Westwood at British MastersNewcastle legend set to join Westwood at British Masters

By ECG Newsdesk

The Premier League’s record goal-scorer, Alan Shearer, will join some of the biggest names in golf when he participates in the pro-am at this year’s British Masters.

The event, taking place at Close House on the outskirts of Shearer’s native Newcastle-upon-Tyne, will be staged on Wednesday, September 27, the day before the tournament gets underway.

Shearer, left, who scored over 140 goals for Newcastle United between 1996 and 2006, is a keen golfer who plays off six. He teamed-up with this year’s British Masters host, Lee Westwood, in the pro-am for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May.

He said he is excited by the prospect of playing in front of a local crowd - and hopes he is as clinical on the greens as he used to be in the box. “I am really looking forward to it,” said Shearer. “I have become quite friendly with Lee over the years, so it was an easy decision for me when he asked me to come along and join him for the pro-am at Close House.

“It’s obviously raising money for a great cause, too, in Graham Wyllie’s foundation


“It is fantastic for Newcastle to have such a big event as the British Masters being staged in the city and I am sure the European Tour players will receive a very warm welcome from everyone here.                                                       

“Close House is a beautiful course, one that I am very familiar with. I just hope I can put in a good performance in front of the Geordie fans.

“I know I’d be more comfortable having to take a penalty in front of them rather than having to hole a five-foot putt!”

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