‘I’d have given drama school ago. I was in some plays at school. Billy Elliot was the main one.’
Snakes, scars and a fear of impending death – the hairy Englishman bares his soul.
WSlamming the back door of my house and having the glass fly out and cut into my left forearm. I’ve still got the scar to prove it. I would have been about three at the time.
What’s your most annoying habit?
According to my wife it’s that I twist the toothpaste tube. She rolls from the bottom. But I’m a twister. Always have been, always will be.
What scares you the most?
It’s either snakes or time. Time running out scares me. And the more I think about it, the more it freaks me out. Basically, I’m scared of dying.
Ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Yes. But I’m not going to expand on that.
What has been your closest brush with death?
I’ve been lucky in that regard. I was on a plane once when the engine failed, but it seemed like they were still in control of things. And I’m still here!
What superpower would you most like?
I like the idea of being invisible. But I also fancy being able to teleport. That would save a lot of hours away from my family.
If you could travel in time, would you go backwards or forwards?
Backwards. Forwards would be too weird. I’d just like to see what it was like back in the day, maybe back in the 1950s. But I’d avoid 19141918 and 1939-1945, for obvious reasons.
What is your main passion outside of golf?
I’m a big reader. I’m into John Grisham novel The Whistler at the moment. And before that it was The Tibetan Book of the Dead. So my range is quite wide.
Do you have any regrets in life?
We all do, don’t we? But none I beat myself up about. Everything is part of the story of our lives I reckon.
What would you do to change the world?
I’d make everyone a lot friendlier. I don’t want to be too controversial, but the people in charge at the moment aren’t the best. I’d fix that.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
My wife fancies Bradley Cooper, so he’d be a candidate. But that might be a bit odd for me (laughs). Tom Hanks in Castaway or running as Forrest Gump work for fairly obvious reasons.
When did you start growing your beard and your hair?
The hair was first and it has become kind of my thing now, especially in America. It makes me recognisable. And the beard makes me look a bit older than I am. Ageing me a bit is a good thing.
Have you got any hidden talents?
I can juggle a bit. And I was into drama at school. If not for my golf, I’d have given drama school a go. I was in some plays at school. Billy Elliott was the main one for my GCSE. No, I wasn’t Billy. But I enjoyed it. I don’t try enough things to find out if I’m good at them or not.
What’s your favourite food?
Tuna steak. I absolutely love a tuna steak.
What’s the best thing about where you’re from?
Southport is where my friends are, the people I grew up with. I can rely on them to treat me as they have always done. So it’s the people more than anything. I’ll always be from Southport.
What’s your favourite destination?
St Andrews. I love the town and the course. It’s a great walking-around place.
Where would you like to visit?
There are a few on my list. New York. Cape Town. And New Zealand. I’ve never been to Las Vegas either. I’d love to go to all of those places at some point in my life.