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WATCH | Motorcyclists vandalise top UK golf course during lockdown

2020-04-29 15:38

Despite being shut for play during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown, a top English golf course has been vandalised.

Walton Heath Golf Club, situated in Surrey and host to the 1981 Ryder Cup (won 18.5 to 9.5 by the USA) and the 2018 British Masters (won by England's Eddie Pepperell), was vandalised by four dirt-bikers.

Walton Heath, which annually hosts the US Open sectional qualifying tournament in England, was founded in 1903 and has been consistently rated in the UK's top 100 courses.

One of the club's assistant pros, Sam Smitherman, tweeted photos of the damage to the course, in particularly the 1st green, while Justin Rose, who played host to the British Masters two years ago, tweeted: "Can’t believe this".

The club has asked anyone with information to contact Surrey police.

In the video below - which does contain explicit language - one can see the assailants spinning tyres and riding on the fairway.

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