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Putting expert Harold Swash dies

By David Birtill

BRITAIN’S “putting doctor” Harold Swash has died.

The long-time Hillside member coached many of Europe’s great players including Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood to name just a few.

He designed his first putter in the early 1960s before establishing the Harold Swash Putting School of Excellence.

There was an incident at the 1998 Masters when Swash collapsed while being conveyed to the medical centre and was later diagnosed with a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

He returned to Augusta for many years later to have dinner with those who saved his life.

His high-tech putting school is today based at Formby Hall and run by Phil Kenyon who has fellow professionals Mike Kanski and Lee Sullivan in his team.

Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Luis Oosthuizen are among the big names under their tutelage.

Kenyon tweeted: “Golf lost a great ambassador today, putting lost a pioneer. I lost a mentor. Sad day. RIP H.”

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