David Drysdale rules out crossing border for game of golf in England

European Tour player won't make trip to Goswick near Berwick-upon-Tweed

David Drysdale lives in Cockburnspath, close to the border on the east coast, and is a member of Goswick Golf Club, which sits to the south of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Picture: Getty Images

European Tour player David Drysdale will not be making a secret trip across the border to be among the first golfers back on UK courses following a seven-week lockdown due to the c

The 45-year-old lives near Cockburnspath, less than 20 miles from the border on the east coast, and is a member of Goswick Golf Club, which sits to the south of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Drysdale has been travelling to the English town to do his shopping since lockdown restrictions were introduced and would only be faced with a slightly longer journey to get to Goswick.

However, he has decided to resist the temptation to get straight back out on the golf course when English venues reopen tomorrow as Scottish courses remain closed for the time being.

"I'm a member at Goswick and have been for a long, long time," Drysdale, who finished runner-up in the Qatar Masters, the final European Tour event before the circuit shut down due to the pandemic, told The Scotsman.

"It takes about half an hour straight down the A1, which is pretty cool, but I won't be tempted to go there for a game tomorrow or any day soon.

"For starters, reading between the lines, I don't think you would be able to leave Scotland to go and play golf in England.

"I go to Berwick for our shopping because it has got all the main supermarkets and it takes 20 minutes' maximum.

"But going into England just for a game of golf is different when getting this crisis sorted out is the most important thing.

"And, you know what, I can't see Scotland being too far behind England when it comes to opening the golf courses."

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