Shevchenko makes golf debut
Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko will make his debut on golf's Challenge Tour this week.
The ex-AC Milan and Chelsea striker has been given a special invite for the event - the Kharkov Superior Cup - which takes place in his native Ukraine.
His rivals in the tournament, which is just one tier below the full European Tour, include former Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson and three-time Tour winner Nick Dougherty.
"This is the first big event for me and of course it is the first event in Ukraine so it's a huge event for golf in this country," said Shevchenko, a two-handicapper, who plays left-handed.
"I have played with many good players in pro-ams but this is different. I hope I play well...but I just want to have a good time and enjoy the week."
"The course is quite difficult. I'm happy with my game at the moment and I'm really happy to be here. I know the President of the club, he is my good friend and his daughter has been caddying for me. He invited me to come and I had to."
Shevchenko ended his practice round at the Superior Golf and Spa Resort in Kharkov on Wednesday by almost holing a sublime chip for birdie.
He was then whisked off to see Ukraine's 0-0 draw with England.
The 36-year-old, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2004 as the European Player of the Year, is a regular practice partner of fellow footballer Jamie Redknapp when teeing it up in the UK.
However, he's very familiar with Superior Golf and Spa Resort too.
"I know this course for many years, since it first opened, and I love it here. It's nice the Challenge Tour have decided to come here. It's great for us," said Shevchenko.