A GOLF club which lies next to the famous Gleneagles course where the Ryder Cup is being held later this year, has put play on hold in case a stray ball hits Tiger Woods.

Security officials had faced problems after they realised part of the tournament course lay next to Auchterarder Golf Club.

Ryder Cup venues typically enjoy vast buffer zones to prevent any wayward hooks landing on the course during the competition but the 15th hole on the PGA Centenary Course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, rubs up against the 509-yard par 5 6th hole at Auchterarder.

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David Smith, managing secretary of the Auchter­arder Golf Club, which will close nine of its holes, said: "The fact that we are so close to one of the key holes was obviously a concern and I have to admit it has been known for one of our wilder hitting members to stray onto the middle of the 15th.

"No-one wants to contemplate a ball hitting Tiger Woods or one of the Team USA or Europe players. That would not be good for them or us."