Podcast: “I’ve played with Tiger, Jack and Arnie but still want England cap”

Warren Bladon has admitted a career that has seen him play with Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer is still driven by his ambition to represent England.

The 55-year-old has just finished his debut season in the seniors’ circuit and posted several good performances in England Golf events – both as an individual and representing Warwickshire.

Bladon has rekindled his love for the game in recent times and spoke about his remarkable career in the October edition of the England Golf podcast.

Back in 1996, Bladon was crowned Amateur Champion and earned a spot at that year’s Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes and the 1997 Masters.

He played with a young Tiger at Lytham and pegged it up with Nicklaus and Palmer around Augusta in what he describes as a week of ‘fantasy golf’.

Bladon’s professional career may not have reached the heights he would have hoped, but he has no regrets about his golfing life or much time for talk of underachieving.

Bladon told the podcast: “I had some opportunities and if I look at what happened I achieved a lot that others might not do in their golf careers.

“There are very few who make it to the top level and those heights.

“People judge it by how much money you made, but I played in some great tournaments, travelled the world and had a great time.

“I can’t say I have any regrets.

“I played with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ray Floyd and Greg Norman. All those old greats – there’s not many can say that.

“I even played with Tiger Woods.

“You have to throw these names in – these are the few memories I’ve got!”

Bladon’s first seniors’ event in 2021 was the English Senior Men’s Amateur at Blackmoor and Army Golf Clubs where he finished two shots off the pace in third.

He finished top 10 at the British Seniors at Ganton and helped Warwickshire reach the Men’s and Senior Men’s County Finals.

Now Bladon – capped for both England boys and the men’s squads back in the day – would love to pull on England colours once more.

On his career, Bladon added: “I have enjoyed it and it’s not over just yet.

“I keep saying to my wife, I’ve got one more thing, something else that will happen. Whether that’s wishful thinking or not, we’ll see.

“I still think I can do something in seniors or men’s game. I’m nearly playing well.

“I’d love to play for England again and play in senior men’s team. I’d love to play in the men’s team but that’s perhaps just a little bit off.”

 

  • To hear the full interview with Warren as well as a conversation with a rising star of the junior game, England’s Harley Smith, check out the England Golf podcast.