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Ian Woosnam aiming for repeat of Carnoustie success at Senior Open

Former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam will compete in the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Presented by Rolex, the championship promises to showcase the talents of over 30 Major Champions, including the Welshman, at the famous Scottish links course.

Woosnam, who won the Masters Tournament in 1991, will return to Carnoustie hoping to  repeat his performance at the Scottish Open 20 years ago.

It was in 1996 that the former Ryder Cup Captain beat everyone in the field – with the exception of par– to win one of his 29 European Tour victories.

Woosnam was last man standing that week, winning with a one over par total 289 and a four stroke victory over Scotland’s Ryder Cup player, Andrew Coltart.

When the Senior Open Championship was last played at Carnoustie six years ago, Woosnam finished tied eighth behind Germany’s Bernhard Langer, but is looking forward to reacquainting himself with the Angus venue and says he has been practising with one eye on the Senior Open.

“I remember that I was the only player to get close to level par and that it was a ridiculously hard week,” said Woosnam on his 1996 win.

“Every time I play Carnoustie it feels really tough and it’s going to be a challenge again. I enjoyed the last time I played there in the Senior Open in 2010 with a top ten finish and a couple of really good rounds.

“I’m looking forward to coming back and playing in the event. That’s why I’ve been working more on my ball flight this year, trying to get it lower with Carnoustie in mind. I’ve spent too many years trying to hit it high for the American conditions but I want to hit it lower to get more control to play well in the Senior Open Champion ship.

“You have to keep the ball lower in the conditions we face there. You can hit it high all day long but if you want to play in a coastal wind on a links course in Britain then you need to think about getting the ball back in your stance and keeping it down.”

Season tickets for the 30th anniversary of the Championship from July 21-24 are currently on offer at £70 with Any One Day tickets costing just £25. These prices rise to £80 and £30 respectively from July 1. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult and car parking is also free of charge.