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Barty fuels rumours of code switch in golf outing

Ash Barty has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in sport after a successful outing at the Icons Series golf event in the United States, further fuelling rumours she could be set for a code switch.

The tournament was Barty’s first return to the sporting stage since she shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement from the game in March at just 25.

The former world No.1 and three-time grand slam winner played for Team World against Team USA and was teamed up with the likes of English football stars Harry Kane and James Milner, boxing champion Canelo Alvarez and cricket icons Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh and AB De Villiers.

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Team USA featured the likes of Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps, retired NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and NBA champion JR Smith.

Barty is renowned for being talented at a number of sports, having played both tennis and cricket at a high level, and showed she is a more than capable golfer, holding her own as the only female athlete in action at the Icons Series.

Harry Kane and Ash Barty

Former Masters champion Fred Couples is the captain of the American team, while four-time major winner Ernie Els is leading the world team.

Barty teamed up with Kane, with the pair winning their “Greensome” tie, before losing their four-ball match-up to former baseball pitcher John Smoltz and Smith.

The tennis icon then teamed up with Ponting, but the pair also lost their fourball match-up to former NFL players Reggie Bush and Michael Vick.

Team USA ended the first day of action with a 10-5 lead over Team World, with day two set to get underway from 4am on Saturday morning AEST.

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