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Veteran campaigner Ian Woosnam would have devoted the next few days to practising rather than playing if this week's event had been anything other than the Wales Open.

The 46-year-old Welshman has missed six cuts in 10 tournaments, including another disappointing Masters, the event he won in 1991.

"If it wasn't for the Wales Open I wouldn't have played this week. I need two weeks doing the same thing and not playing competitive golf," Woosnam said on Wednesday.

Woosnam's misery deepened last week when he slumped to a second round 82 in the Volvo PGA Championship, a tournament he last won in 1997.

"One week I play half decent, then I play shocking the next week," he said.

"I'm messing around so much with my swing at the moment. At the weekend I spent a lot of time in my net and on my video.

"I know what to do but it just looks odd to change my address position and what it needs is hours and hours of practice."

Like Severiano Ballesteros, perennial back problems have dogged Woosnam, and he hopes the swing change will assist his back.

Again like Ballesteros, he has no intention of retiring while he can take pills to combat his problem and stay mobile.

"I've been on anti-inflammatory tablets for 17 years so I can continue playing and surely there is something out there to help Seve, unless he has rheumatoid arthritis.

"I have ankylosing spondilitis, inflammation of the spine, and eventually the spine will weld itself together. Whatever position I'm in when it does, I will stay in, so I'm working hard on fitness and stretching to get my posture as good as I can get it."

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