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Gary Lineker: Arthritis means I can never play golf again

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Gary Lineker plays in the rain  at the Total UK Golf Day 2008 for childrens cancer charity  CLICK sargent held at Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire.   (Photo by Steve Parsons - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gary Lineker has said he will never be able to play golf again. (Getty Images)

Gary Lineker has revealed he suffers from chronic arthritis which means he will never be able to play golf again.

The 59-year-old TV presenter and former professional footballer admitted he loved playing golf as a hobby but he is no longer able to even hold a club.

Lineker told the Rain Delay with Mark Nicholas podcast: “I don't play any more because actually my fingers are so arthritic I can't even hold a club. I don't play but I have kept that membership."

Ased if he thought he would ever take part in the sport again, he said: "Only watching. I had to work very hard at it. I loved golf."

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Gary Lineker poses for photographers upon arrival to the world premiere of the film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 in London, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Gary Lineker revealed he is no longer able to hold a golf club. (AP)

The Match Of The Day presenter also admitted that he had often lost his temper on the golf course.

He revealed: "If I do something I want to do it as well as I can. It used to frustrate me though so much, golf.

"My golf was a bit like my football, I always felt. I was hopeless from long range but once I got close in I was quite good. It's a great game, golf, but I found it hugely frustrating.

"There have been so many times I would walk off a golf course and think, 'God, you behaved like a bit of a prat today, get a grip'."

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker poses for photographers as he is unveiled as the BBC's new face of golf during a photocall at Foxhills Golf Club, Ottershaw, Surrey.
Gary Lineker admits he loved golf, but it did make him frustrated. (PA)

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Lineker recently revealed he has been in self-isolation after one of his sons experienced symptoms of the coronavirus.

The father-of-four tweeted in March: "In self isolation as @GeorgeLineker has symptoms. They’re not the regular ones, but complete loss of sense of taste and smell.

"Odd these have not been pointed out much. Been nearly a week and has spent time at mine. I’ve been vigilant, hand washing/distancing but isolation it is."