Golf World Pays Tribute To Shane Warne

The legendary Aussie cricketer passed away suddenly from a suspected heart attack

Golf World Pays Tribute To Shane Warne
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The world of sport is mourning the sudden passing of legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, who has died at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.

A statement from Warne's management team confirming the sad news, read: "Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.

"The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course."

Few have ever transcended their chosen sport like the famous Aussie leg-spinner, and tributes from around the golfing world have been flooding in since the news broke.

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Warne was one of the most successful cricketers of all-time, retiring from the game in 2013 as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history with 708 wickets in 145 matches. Including One-Day Internationals, he amassed a total of 1,001 wickets for Australia.

He was also the first bowler in history to reach 600 test wickets and, despite being part of the losing side at the 2005 Ashes, took a remarkable 40 wickets across the series at an average of 19.92. 

In 2008, he won the first ever Indian Premier League (IPL) as captain of Rajhastan Royals.

As well as his exploits on the cricket field, Warne was also an avid golfer and regularly featured at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship played over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

At last year's event, Warne paired up with New Zealand's Ryan Fox to finish second, losing out on countback to Michael Hoey and Maeve Danaher.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1