Woosnam leads Welsh legends at 2017 Senior Open Championship

When golfing giant Ian Woosnam tees off at Royal Porthcawl in July, he’ll be leading the strongest Welsh contingent in Senior Open history.

Alongside the former World Number One and Masters champion will be a roll call of Welsh heavyweights seeking to make an impression on home soil. Pontypridd-born Ryder Cup hero Philip Price will be making his Senior Open debut when the competition gets underway on the 27th of July, alongside fellow rookie Stephen Dodd. They’ll be joined by the experienced Mark Mouland, a veteran of the Senior Tour who played at Royal Porthcawl’s last Senior Open in 2014.

For Woosnam, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in September, a Senior Open win in his own back yard would be a dream come true. "It’s a very important year for me with the Hall of Fame ceremony and competing in the Senior Open on my home turf," he said. "It would be very special to finally put that trophy on the mantelpiece. I was close in the Wales Senior Open when I finished tied third at Royal Porthcawl in 2009 and 2013 but wasn’t really in contention at the Senior Open in 2014.

"Naturally, I’m very proud that the Senior Open is coming back to Wales for a second time and we will have a solid presence with four Welsh lads in the field. It’s a huge sporting year for Wales with the UEFA Champions League Final and the ICC Trophy cricket, both taking place in Cardiff next month. The Senior Open will be the third leg of a legendary summer of sport."

Alongside Woosnam and the local lads will be a who’s-who of international golfing superstars like Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, John Daly, Todd Hamilton, José María Olazábal and David Toms.

The 2017 Senior Open Championship is shaping up to be a competition no serious golf fan will want to miss. For tickets and more information visit www.senioropenchampionship.com.