Football legends Robbie Fowler and Andrew Cole join Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship

Two of the Premier League’s greatest ever goal scorers have been confirmed for the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.

Robbie Fowler and Andrew Cole are making their debuts at the Championship – joining a host of amateur and professional golfers and celebrities from around the world.

The event is celebrating its 84th anniversary at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire and is one of the most sought after UK Championships to compete in.

Mike Tindall playing golf at The Belfry (Image: PA)

Also tackling the Cromwell Course is World Cup winner Mike Tindall MBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, 1992 Formula 1 champion Nigel Mansell CBE, BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker & Naga Muchetty and Irish boyband stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden.

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Liverpool legend and former England international Fowler scored 163 times in the Premier League – the sixth highest in history.

He also played a key role in Liverpool’s 2001 treble winning season where the club won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.

Fowler said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Nailcote Hall and competing in the Championship.”

Andrew Cole

Cole is also considered one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers.

Best known for his spell at Manchester United, Andrew is the third highest scorer in the Premier League era with a total of 187 goals.

His time at Manchester also coincided with the team’s iconic 1999 treble winning season. He also played for Blues.

The Par 3 Championship is being hosted by British golfing icon Tony Jacklin CBE who told how he is looking forward seeing the football stars turn their hand to his sport.

“It’s great to have two former Premier League stars on board for this year’s Championship,” he said.

“Both Robbie and Andrew are sporting heroes to their respective teams and I’m looking forward to seeing them both in action in August.”

British par 3 golf tournament, Nailcote Hall, Sean Jacklin and Tony jacklin in 2008

British par 3 golf tournament, Nailcote Hall, Sean Jacklin and Tony Jacklin in 2008

Professionals competing this year include two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin CBE, former Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell, World Golf Hall of Fame member Dame Laura Davies, former European Solheim Cup team member Trish Johnson and last year’s reigning champion Mark Mouland.

Paul Lawrie, 1999 Open winner, will also be in attendance as will Italian legend Constantino Rocca.

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Headline sponsors, Farmfoods have donated €150,000 to this year’s prize fund for the pro competition with €50,000 of this going to the winning professional.

Brand agency Champions (UK) plc is organising the event, once more.

Managing Director Matthew Hayes said: “I’m delighted to welcome Robbie Fowler and Andrew Cole to the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship for the first time.

“They are both extremely talented sportsmen and it is fantastic to see so many sporting icons getting involved.”

The Championship has welcomed back Farmfoods and event partners Nailcote Hall, Champions (UK) plc, Browns Food Group, The Eagle Tour, ITV, The Birmingham Post, Total Motion, Glenmuir, Bentley Leicester, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Champions Celebrity, VPAR Live Golf and Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Returning media partner, Sky Sports will also support the event with its usual excellent coverage.

Free tickets are on offer. To register for the event visit the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship website here

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