Last summer saw the Senior Open Championship return to Wales for a second successful outing
Here’s what the players had to say about their time at Royal Porthcawl.
Bernhard Langer with the Senior Open trophy by European Tour
Bernhard Langer (Senior Open Champion in 2014 and 2017) on the course’s Open chances and being an honorary Royal Porthcawl member.
“I do like the golf course, that's fair to say. I like links golf in general. It's just a lot fun. We don't play very often on links golf courses. I just line the turf. The way you can spin the ball and the creativity that you can have or display on the greens, you can use almost any club. You can probably use 12 clubs to chip the ball or putt it or whatever, flop it, and I like that part of it.
“I like everything. Doesn't matter where the wind is coming from. It's a good test. You've got all sorts of bunkers. You've got very difficult set of greens, very well protected, and I don't see any reason why The Open shouldn't come here. Certainly the golf course is good enough.
“It's a great honour and thrill to be an honorary member, even though I'm probably not going to play much golf here in the future, because it's a long ways to go from Florida where I live. But just the thought is what matters, what counts, and I appreciate the kindness of the membership to give me that honorary membership here. If I'm ever in the neck of the woods here, I will certainly come and play golf, because it's a great venue.”
Corey Pavin in action at Royal Porthcawl by European Tour
Corey Pavin on Ryder Cup memories and a warm Welsh welcome.
“I just like coming over and playing links golf in general. But coming back to Wales, it does bring back memories of that whole experience. For a couple of years, I came over here a few times for The Ryder Cup. People are super nice and here they are incredibly nice. When I think of Wales, more than anything the hospitality is fantastic. It was such an honour to be The Ryder Cup captain.”
Peter Lonard on playing links golf in Wales.
“I just love the way you have so many ways to play the game. You can hit it on the ground and you can flop it around the greens. There's so many shots, different ways to do the same thing. It's great, imaginative golf and I was really looking forward to coming here.”
Billy Andrade on Royal Porthcawl’s can’t-miss quality.
“This is an unbelievable golf course. It's just beautiful and really looking forward. I heard we're coming back here in a few years. This is quite a place. Anyone ever has a chance to come here and play, this should be on your bucket list.”
Tom Watson at the 2017 Senior Open Championship by European Tour
Tom Watson on Royal Porthcawl’s place in the pantheon of great links courses.
“Well, this golf course is one of the great golf courses we play without a doubt. It's an unsung links golf course. It has everything you want in a links golf course. I love playing it and I have nothing but the highest regard for it.”