Golfers who love racing

Horse racing is a sport that attracts athletes across a wide variety of sports, this includes some of the top golfers in the world.

Indeed many footballers and rugby players are often seen going to the races on occasion and golfers are no different. The players enjoy a fun day out on the track just like the rest of us.

A few of the golf stars have even owned and bred horses which have gone on to win some of the biggest races in the UK and around the world.

 

Justin Rose

 

The 2013 US Open winner enjoyed Royal Ascot this year with friends and family, and he presented the trophy for the fifth race on Saturday – The Wokingham Stakes.

Rose grew up in Hampshire, only a short distance away from Ascot and used to go to the races while he was growing up. His enthusiasm for racing continues today, here he is at this year’s Kentucky Derby, one of the biggest horse races in the world.

 

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood’s family at Doncaster with his family and jockey Kieren Fallon after Hoof It won a Handicap race

The former world Number One owns a few racehorses and he’s had major success with his horse Hoof It who won at Glorious Goodwood last summer.

Westwood said in an interview with ITV that he gets more nervous watching his horses than playing golf, “I suppose it’s a bit easier when you’re in control, but when your horse is charging to that last fence at full speed, I get a real buzz from it!”

Westwood has had more success with Rerouted winning in Dubai back in 2013, here he is reflecting on his victory.

 

Rickie Fowler

The American is one of the top golfers in the world and he has been part of a victorious Ryder Cup team to boot.

Fowler attended the Kentucky Derby this year wearing this quite outrageous outfit (above). He is making a case that he should never be picked as the Ryder Cup captain, given that the American captain picks the team clothing!

 

Gary Player

One of the greatest ever golfers, Player won nine majors between 1959 and 1974, however, he says that his passion for golf is matched with his passion for horses.

The South African fell in love with horses aged eight and this love has continued throughout his life.

Player has a thoroughbred breeding business, the Gary Player Stud. His mares have bred more than 2,000 winners, including Broadway Flyer who came second in the 1994 St Leger and she ran in the Derby that same year.

 

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