SI: HAS YOUR NOCTURNAL LIFESTYLE AFFECTED YOUR GAME?
IW: NOT REALLY. I HAVE THE ODD SESSION, BUT I CAN'T DRINK ANYMORE. I'M ON THE VERGE OF GETTING DIABETES, SO IF I HAVE A SESSION, I'M DEAD FOR THREE DAYS. I DON'T DRINK AS MUCH AS I USED TO BECAUSE I CAN'T.
SI: Faldo boasts of mentoring many of the young European stars. Does that give him an edge over you?
IW: I know those guys really well, too. I've been playing with them for a long time and [grinning] go out with them for a Coca-Cola now and again. What I'm worried about is if I don't get the captaincy this time and end up on the senior tour [he turns 50 in '08] and I won't be involved with them.
SI: How did winning the Masters change your life?
IW: I got a lot more attention, and it made me uncomfortable. I don't like walking into a restaurant and hearing people say, 'Oh, there's Ian Woosnam'; I hate being stared at.
SI: Is that why you left your hometown in Wales and moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands?
IW: Yeah. I'd go into the pub, and they'd say, 'Go on, Woosie, you've made all this money, buy us a pint.' I'd say, 'You work hard for what you get, and I work hard for what I get, why should I buy you a drink?' You've got to learn to cope with that and keep your mouth shut. Sometimes I can't, that's why I get into trouble. I've been fortunate in Jersey. They seem to respect me there.
SI: But you got into a scuffle in a pub in Jersey not long ago.
IW: We'd had a few too many before we went in. I had a wallet that Sam Torrance had given us at the Ryder Cup, a blue leather one. I pulled it out, and some guy said, 'There's that flash bastard Woosie.' I turned around and said, 'Who's that?' No one said anything, so I took a swipe at all of them. Ended up getting thrown out, clothes ripped to pieces. I took a few blind swings that went nowhere. I could hardly stand up, never mind hit anybody. Couldn't have swatted a fly.