Golf: Leeds Cup holder out to retain his title

Nick Ludwell

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LEEDS CUP: Nick Ludwell fulfilled a lifetime ambition when he got his hands on the iconic Leeds Cup last year.

And the former European Tour player can’t be ruled out of keeping a grip on professional golf’s oldest trophy next week at De Vere Oulton Hall – despite a shortage of match practice. Last summer he played only twice before the tournament and admitted he was a “little surprised” by his victory.

“I didn’t have any great hopes of winning so I was fairly relaxed about my prospects and maybe that contributed to my success,” reflected the 42-year-old Selby professional. “The situation hasn’t changed much. I’ve been too busy to get out and about but I’ve managed to squeeze in three events. I’m taking my family on holiday in Scotland and I’m hoping to persuade them to let me play a couple of rounds!”

There will be nine past winners in the 140-strong field, including six from the last seven years, when two days of action start on August 12.