Interview: We speak to former tennis star Tim Henman

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We speak to the former tennis star, who is almost as handy with a wood as he used to be with a racket...

How long have you been playing golf and who introduced you to the game?

I started playing golf aged 5 on holiday in Portugal with my family.

How is your golf at the moment and what is your handicap?

My handicap is +1.

Where do you play?

I am a member at Sunningdale, Queenwood and Huntercombe.

You have had a busy summer commentating on tennis. Which tennis player is the best golfer?

The best tennis player turned golfer is definitely Scott Draper. He got his card twice on the Australasian Tour and won an event shooting 64, 64 on the weekend!

Which game do you prefer to play now, tennis or golf?

Given the choice of a game of tennis or a game of golf, now I would definitely choose golf!

What are the strengths to your game?

My favourite club is my driver. I would like to improve my putting.
The best tennis player turned golfer is definitely Scott Draper. He got his card twice on the Australasian Tour and won an event shooting 64, 64 on the weekend!

Do you prefer inland or seaside courses and which is your favourite course?

My favourite courses would be Sunningdale Old course, Kingsbarns and Pine Valley.

What was your best round of golf?

My best round is 66 at Sunningdale.

Who is your favourite player?

My favourite player to watch is Justin Rose…. probably because I bet on him to win the US Open! Justin is a great guy so many congratulations to him.

Who is the most well-dressed golfer in your opinion?

Adam Scott is pretty well turned out on the course.

Why is golf such a great game?

Golf is such a good game because it’s a stationary ball and just you and the course.
One day you can hit the ball well and the next you have no idea where it’s going!

How do the nerves in golf compare to your tennis playing days?

I definitely am a bit nervous when I am on the 1st tee at the Dunhill Links in Scotland. It’s the best golfing week in my year.

Finally, will Europe win the next Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

Europe are dominating the Ryder Cup and Paul McGinley is definitely going to keep the trophy at Gleneagles.

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