Turnberry set for Senior Open

Fans can now book their place to see golf’s iconic names take on one of the game’s most revered links courses at this year’s Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 26th edition of the Championship, which returns to Turnberry on the picturesque Ayrshire coast from 26-29 July.

Tom Lehman, the leading player on the US Champions Tour in 2011, believes Turnberry’s Ailsa Course would be the perfect venue to add a Senior Open Championship victory to The Open Championship he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1996.

“Turnberry is an amazing place,” said the 2006 United States Ryder Cup Captain. “It is a tremendous golf course and a beautiful spot in the world. The views from the top of the hill and the hotel looking over Ailsa Craig are exceptional. Winning The Senior Open is on my wish list.”

It will be the seventh time that Turnberry’s Ailsa Course has hosted The Senior Open Championship, the most of any venue, surpassing the six editions played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Turnberry hosted the inaugural Senior Open in 1987, when Englishman Neil Coles captured the trophy, with Gary Player capturing the title in 1988 and 1990 and Bob Charles lifting the trophy in 1989.  

American Loren Roberts took the title on the Senior Open’s last visit to Turnberry in 2006, three years after Tom Watson defeated Carl Mason at the scene of his 1977 ‘Duel in the Sun’ Open victory  over Jack Nicklaus.

Turnberry has also hosted The Open on four occasions, including in 2009, when Watson lost in a play-off to Stewart Cink at the age of 59.

With the US Senior Open moving from its traditional slot in the last week of July to a new date of July 12-15, The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will now be the final Senior Major of 2012.

Advance tickets can now be purchased online, with season passes now available at £60 and any one day tickets at £16.50.

American Russ Cochran won The 2011 Senior Open Championship at Walton Heath, England, holding off the challenge of 1989 Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia, three-time Senior Open Champion Watson and 2010 United States Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin.