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Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand to reunite in Newcastle

Former Newcastle United and England footballer Les Ferdinand will be reunited with strike partner Alan Shearer when they tee up in the Hero Pro-Am celebrity tournament at Close House on the eve of the British Masters.

Ferdinand formed a deadly partnership with Shearer in the famous 1996/97 Newcastle side dubbed ‘The Entertainers’ which just missed out on winning the Premier League title.

The pair formed a partnership in the famous 1996/97 Newcastle side dubbed ‘The Entertainers’ Credit: PA

He will return to the region next month to join Shearer and some of the European Tour’s leading golfers, including tournament host Lee Westwood and Masters champion Sergio Garcia, in the line-up for the Hero Pro-Am on Wednesday 27 September, which takes place a day before the start of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

Proceeds from tickets are going to the tournament’s Official Charity, the Graham Wylie Foundation.

Ferdinand said:

“I always love going back to Newcastle. The fans love their sport and we always had great support from them whenever we played so I’m sure that will be the case at Close House.

“I really enjoy my golf and it will be great to be competing alongside Alan again, so I’m sure it will be good fun out there. Hopefully we can raise plenty of money for Graham’s foundation too along the way.”

The British Masters returns to the North East for the first time in 45 years from 28 September to 01 October, with Close House playing host for the first time in the event’s 71-year history.