The Senior Open Championship by numbers
Ian Woosnam in action at the 2014 Senior Open Championship by European Senior Tour
Some of the key figures behind Wales’ biggest golfing event. It all adds up to an unmissable competition:
The Senior Open Championship takes place at Royal Porthcawl 27-30 July.
The field of 144 players includes 34 Major champions with 70 Major titles between them.
In Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie, José Maria Olazábal, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin and Tom Watson, the field includes 10 Ryder Cup captains.
The senior Open Championship first came to Royal Porthcawl in 2014, when Bernhard Langer won by an amazing 13-stroke margin.
Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open Championship, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. by Getty Images
There are 15 winners of regular Majors taking part, with 33 victories to their name.
There are also 17 winners of Senior Majors in the field, with a combined haul of 37 wins.
There are even four players – Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and Tom Watson – who have won Majors at both regular and senior levels.
A total of 400 golfers from 45 different countries entered the qualifying rounds at Ashburnam, Machynys, Pyle & Kenfig and Southerndown in the hope of claiming one of the 24 qualifying places for the main competition.
Players like José Maria Olazábal, Fiji’s three-time Major winner Vijay Singh, Paul McGinley and Wales’ 2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price are competing for the first time at the 2017 competition.
More than 43,000 spectators came to the Senior Open in 2014. To book your place for this year’s competition, head to the Senior Open Championship website.