Lineker, 59, is a regular visitor to the Berkshire Sunningdale Golf Club, and has also appeared on various tournaments for the BBC.
But in an interview on the Rain delay Today’s match host’s podcast spoke frankly about how arthritis led him to hang up his clubs.
“I don’t play anymore because my fingers are so arthritic that I can’t even keep a club,” said Lineker. “I am not playing but I have kept this membership. “
When asked if he would participate in the sport again in the future, he replied, “I’m just watching. I had to work very hard. I loved golf. “
Lineker also admitted that he would regularly lose his temper when playing the sport and that his competitive nature often took over.
“If I do something, I want to do it as well as possible,” he continued. “Before, it frustrated me so much, golf.
“My golf was a lot like my football, I always felt it. I was desperate from a long distance but once I got close, I was pretty good. It’s a great game, golf, but I found it extremely frustrating.
“There have been so many times that I have left a golf course and I thought, ‘God, you behaved like an idiot today, take charge.’ “
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Lineker has explained in the past how he started playing golf at a young age before turning his attention to football and how he had played six at one point.
He was typically vocal on social media in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, and recently congratulated Jordan Henderson after he and other Premier League stars launched the Players Together NHS fund.