2014 Senior Open Championship set for Royal Porthcawl

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will be held in Wales for the first time in 2014 when it is played at Royal Porthcawl on July 24 to 27.

The first Major Championship to be held in Wales, it will return to the principality on two further occasions between 2015 and 2024, on dates yet to be confirmed, thanks to an agreement between the Welsh Government, European Tour and The R&A.

Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend was founded in 1891 and has since developed a reputation as one of Britain’s best links courses. It has previously hosted the Wales Senior Open in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 1995 Walker Cup, featuring Tiger Woods, when Great Britain and Ireland beat the USA by 14-10.

Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “The R&A is delighted that the Senior Open Championship is to be staged in Wales and in particular at Royal Porthcawl. It is one of Britain’s finest links courses with a rich history of staging events at the highest level. We can be confident of an enthusiastic and warm welcome in 2014 when the Championship comes to Wales for the first time.”

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, which was first played in 1987 and became part of the European Senior Tour schedule in 1992, is the biggest event on the Senior Tour calendar and received Major Championship designation in 2003.

In July, American Russ Cochran won the title, which carried a prize fund of almost €1.5 million.  He followed many of golf’s greatest players to have etched their name on the trophy, including former Major winners Bob Charles (1989 and 1993), Bernhard Langer (2010), Gary Player (1988, 1990 and 1997) and Tom Watson (2003, 2005 and 2007).

Colin Montgomerie, who as captain of Europe led them to victory in The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, in nearby Newport, is one of several Ryder Cup players who will become eligible to enter the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex by 2014. Others include Miguel Angel Jiménez, Davis Love III, Ronan Rafferty, Scott Verplank and Philip Walton.

Meanwhile, the Wales Senior Open will make its return to the European Senior Tour schedule after an absence of one season when it is played at Conwy Golf Club in 2012 before moving to Royal Porthcawl the following year.