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Woosnam in trouble over withdrawal

Former US Masters champion Ian Woosnam could be fined by the European Tour for unofficially withdrawing from the season-ending Volvo Masters on the eve of the third and final round.

Woosnam, 43, flew out of Jerez on Saturday night en route for Kiawah Island and next week's inaugural team Warburg Cup between the United States and the Rest of the World.

The 1991 Masters winner did not, though, inform the tour of his decision and therefore faced a possible fine, a European Tour spokesman said on Sunday.

The Welshman had carded rounds of 74 and 77 in the wind-battered event at the Montecastillo Golf Club to lie joint 57th on a seven-over-par 151.

Strong winds blowing across the course on Saturday then forced officials to reduce the event to just three rounds, instead of the scheduled four.

But Woosnam thought the event was still to be played out over four rounds and decided to leave Spain that night to reach Kiawah Island in due time for the Friday start at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, the player's agent said on Sunday.

The agent said Woosnam had tried to contact the European Tour about his decision late on Saturday night.


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