Ant and Dec hail UK sports success

Ant and Dec pose for pictures at this week's charity golf event Photo: ITV News

TV duo Ant and Dec have said Britain's got talent in the sporting arena this summer.

The Geordie presenters were playing golf alongside their sporting heroes, Lee Westwood and Alan Shearer, in aid of the Children's Heart Unit Fund (Chuf) at Close House, Northumberland, this week.

And it has since been announced that they are to become patrons of the charity, which is aiming to help fund a home for parents whose children are undergoing life-saving treatment at the world-class facility at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

During a break in their round, Ant spoke of his delight at Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph.

"I think this could be a good summer of sport this, with the Lions doing well and Andy Murray doing well, and we win the Ashes, fingers crossed."

The presenter got a close-up view of his friend Westwood's game and was duly impressed with the former world number one's form.

"If Lee Westwood wins the Open, that would be amazing.

"He's got it in him (to win)."

Ant looked horrified when hacker Dec joked: "I'm just going to give him a few tips on the back nine and he should be raring to go."

Businessman Graham Wylie, owner of the Close House Hotel and golf courses, is backing Chuf after his three-year-old daughter Keira was saved by surgeons when she was newborn.

Ant and Dec were pleased to be asked to become patrons.

"It's a great cause. We have been down to the unit and seen the great work that they do.

"We have spoken to families and we know how important it is.

"We are proud to be patrons of it."

– Ant

The golf event, which included a charity dinner, raised £200,000.

Fellow competitor Anton Du Beke caused a rumpus when he threw a golf ball at the duo during a TV interview and shouted "Fore."

The Britain's Got Talent hosts laughed off the prank, and Dec quipped as he was joined on camera by the Strictly dancer: "It's Ant and Dec and Anton Du Beke."