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  • 20 February 2013, 12:29

World's oldest golfer - at 100

Tommy Thompson /Rex

A retired aircraft engineer who claims to be the world's oldest golfer still plays three times a week - at the age of 100.

Tommy Thompson drives himself to Bognor Golf Club in West Sussex to compete against friends in a local league.

And once he arrives for his 7.30am tee-time he jumps into a buggy and motors around the course with a 28 handicap.

The centenarian has won several trophies and was once helped to victory with a glorious hole in one on the second fairway.

His son introduced him to the sport in 1980, aged 67, when an injury stopped him playing badminton.

He has since "caught the bug" and played a staggering 5,148 rounds and worn out four sets of clubs.

Mr Thompson, from Chichester, said: "I now play off 28 but my biggest handicap is my age, because I am not as supple as I used to be.

"I've still got the swing but I do get frustrated because I can't hit the ball as far as I once did.

"Thankfully, I haven't got the shakes so I can keep the putter steady and am quite a shot on the green.

"I plan to keep on playing for as long as I possibly can but I don't expect to be sinking another hole in one any time soon."