A total of 28 Major Champions, with a remarkable haul of 67 Major titles between them, will head a world class field for the 30th anniversary of the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Carnoustie later this month.
Legends of the game from all over the world will assemble in Scotland, the Home of Golf, from July 21-24 to compete for one of the most coveted titles in senior golf.
The exempt field is packed with global champions and Ryder Cup players who are set to light up Carnoustie’s famous Championship Links as the culmination of three glorious weeks of international golf in Scotland.
The statistics back up the claim for the 2016 field to be among the best assembled for the Senior Open Championship since the event was inaugurated at Turnberry in 1987.
There are 15 winners of regular Majors taking part with 27 wins between them; 19 Senior Major winners with 40 victories between them. Of that elite group six players – Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler and Tom Watson – have won Majors at both levels.
American Marco Dawson, who captured the title in dramatic fashion at Sunningdale last year, defends the championship alongside six other former winners in Couples, Russ Cochran, Langer, Noburu Sugai, Watson and Mark Wiebe.
No fewer than 27 Ryder Cup players from Europe and the United States are in the field, which also reunites seven European Senior Tour Number Ones in Roger Chapman, Peter Fowler, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, Paul Wesselingh and Ian Woosnam.
In total, there are 48 players competing at Carnoustie who won on the European Tour, accumulating 332 victories along the way, and 36 European Senior Tour champions.
Langer returns to Carnoustie in the knowledge that he already has a win under his belt over the challenging links, having held off Corey Pavin to win the Senior Open Championship on its last visit in 2010. Watson and Woosnam can also boast titles there, the American having won The Open on his debut in 1975 and the Welshman having claimed the Scottish Open title in 1996.
Among the rookies set to make their debut in the Senior Open are two former Champion Golfers of the Year in John Daly and Todd Hamilton, who will play at Royal Troon in The Open the previous week alongside Calcavecchia, Dawson, Lehman, Sandy Lyle, O’Meara and Montgomerie, who qualified to compete over his home course. Also returning to competition is Jean Van de Velde, who came so close to success in The Open at Carnoustie in 1999 and who turned 50 in May.
The Senior Open Championship is pleased to announce that the deadline for discounted tickets for the event will be extended by one week until Friday, July 8.
Season tickets are currently on offer at £70 with Any One Day tickets costing just £25. These prices rise to £80 and £30 respectively from July 9. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult and car parking is also free of charge. Visit senioropenchampionship.com for tickets.