Chelsea legend John Terry is now better at golf than Gareth Bale after cutting handicap to SCRATCH in Masters week

CHELSEA legend John Terry has cut his golf handicap to SCRATCH – making him even better than golf-mad Gareth Bale.

Scratch means the former central defender has a handicap of zero, meaning he should be able to complete a round of 18 holes at level par.

After an illustrious playing career, where he won five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, Terry has had even more time to hit the greens after he left his role as Aston Villa assistant manager in July last year.

In the boast on Twitter, the 41-year-old claimed it was "not the most exciting post" but acknowledged that it was something he had been working hard towards.

He said: "When I retired I set myself a target to get down to scratch and today I achieved it."

The improvement has seen him move clear of fellow golf-obsessed footballer Gareth Bale, who plays off a handicap of three.

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Similarly to golfing legend Phil Mickelson, Terry is a left-handed player despite being predominantly right-handed, claiming "it just felt comfortable, it felt right" after his first experience.

The ex-Chelsea and England captain has publicly showcased his golfing journey since his retirement from playing in 2018, notably taking part in the 'Foooore hole challenge' against Sky Sports' Tubes.

Terry announced the news on the opening day of the Masters at Augusta National, where Hideki Matsuyama looks to defend his title.

The Japanese golfer became the first man from his country to win a major championship, however only three times in history has a male golfer retained their crown.

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One of the standout stories coming out of Augusta is the return of Tiger Woods, following his high-speed car crash in February 2021.

The world's most popular golfer is eyeing his record-breaking sixth Masters championship, as he gets set for his first major action since 2020.

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