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Former footballers face each other in Foursomes round five


Daily Mail
26 Jul 2010

KENNY BURNS swapped his life in football for his love of golf as he launched a typically committed assault on this year's Daily Mail Foursomes.
The former Scotland defender, who won two European Cups and a League championship with Nottingham Forest, earned the right to represent Kedleston Park in the foursomes when he and Andrew Nelson won the Derbyshire club's pairs better-ball competition.
But the former footballing hardman, renowed for the occasional early bath in his playing days, suffered another premature exit when he and Andrew were beaten 2&1 by Matlock's Craig Barnes and Ryan Hawley in round five.
And, to rub salt into the wounds, one of Burns' conquerors was a former Derby County footballer.
Burns, 56, said: 'We are always disappointed to lose at home. I take my golf seriously. If I do not take it seriously, I do not play. It's the same for everything. When you come off the course you are annoyed but it goes after a couple of drinks.'
Andrew, 46, said of Burns' competitive spirit: 'He looks for every single angle he can get. He really does want to win. He is not sore in defeat but he certainly does try his hardest. He seems to be able to will things to happen. If he has an eight-foot putt it seems to go in because he wills it.'
The day proved a particular treat for Craig, 29, who, despite being on Derby's books before a serious ankle injury ended his playing days in his teens, is a lifelong Forest fan who named his seven-year-old son, Pierce, after the club's iconic former captain Stuart Pearce.
Burns still writes a column about Forest in the Nottingham Evening Post and entertains guests in the club's hospitality suites on match days. He plays golf off a handicap of eight.
'I have been playing golf for about 40 years, but if you saw my swing you would say it was a couple of weeks,' he said. 'I started the year playing off six but it just keeps going up.'
It's not the only thing. Burns now admits to weighing 18st, and a similar-sized Andrew said: 'When we won at Kedleston Park, we were announced as the winners of the heaviest pair!'

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