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Luke Willett aims to attract new golfers to the game with 10-day challenge

October 18 2019

‘The Iron Golfer’ Luke Willett, teed off an impressive challenge on Friday morning at Carnoustie, before heading to St Andrews to tick off course number two on what’s set to be an incredible journey.

Professional golfer Willett will play all 14 courses to have staged golf's oldest major, the Open Championship, in 10 days… on his bike!

He will transport himself around Great Britain covering 804 miles with his clubs strapped to his back and play 252 holes before finishing in Kent at Royal St George's, Sandwich, the home of next year's Open.

Previous challenges have included his 'Iron Golfer Challenge'; a three-mile swim in Wastwater, a trek to the top of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its steepest road, the Hardknott Pass, and 18 holes at Windermere Golf Club - all in one day.

Willett, whose day job is to shape the swings of the next generation of golfers as PGA coach at Hampstead in north-west London, is doing it all to help raise money for junior level golf - by embarking on this journey on behalf of the Golf Foundation. And simply to try and make the game as fun and attractive as possible.

Luke Willett said: “People talk about golf declining and I just thought 'what can I do'?

"I'm not a big fan of the gym. For me, it's just about being active, eating healthy food and taking good exercise whenever you can. If that's cycling to the shops and back regularly, that's great.

"I'd like to think that, by doing this, it will help to highlight the health benefits for young people and also the sense of personal adventure that the sport can bring.

"It should not be just about numbers on a scorecard. People can be too results-focused. It's not all about whether you're one or two shots better than last week. Too many weekend golfers can lose sight of the pleasure of swinging a club, striking a ball in the fresh air in beautiful surroundings.

"I just want to help other people to get as much out of golf as I do. Golf is a fantastic sport with lasting physical and mental health benefits, and we should be shouting this from the rooftops."

Luke's Open schedule:

Fri 18 Oct: Carnoustie/St Andrews
Sat 19 Oct: Musselburgh/Muirfield
Sun 20 Oct: Royal Troon/Prestwick
Mon 21 Oct: Turnberry
Tues 22 Oct: Royal Portrush
Weds 23 Oct: Royal Lytham & St Annes
Thurs 24 Oct: Royal Birkdale/Royal Liverpool
Fri 25 Oct: On the road (Lancashire to Kent)
Sat 26 Oct: Royal Cinque Ports
Sun 27 Oct: Prince's/Royal St George's

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