In the first of a new series we speak to Ian Woosnam’s peers to hear their favourite stories over 30 years of competition.

The Welshman turned pro more than 40 years ago and, after a slow start in the paid ranks, he emerged into the best player in the world with the highlight coming at the Masters in 1991.

He was a member of eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams – and we spoke to his partner in 1993 Peter Baker – before taking the reins himself at the K Club in a record-equalling victory in 2006.

The one constant throughout, away from the brilliant ball striking, is how good a bloke he is. We also hear from his now Senior Tour colleagues Barry Lane, Andrew Oldcorn, Gary Wolstenholme and Roger Chapman to try and decipher what makes Woosnam so special.

Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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