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Woosnam leads the Welsh challenge at Royal Porthcawl

Welsh legend Ian Woosnam will spearhead the strongest Welsh challenge to date for the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex when the event returns to his homeland, at Royal Porthcawl, from July 27-30.

The 59-year-old former World Number One and Masters Tournament champion hopes to taste success at Royal Porthcawl after coming close to victory in two previous Wales Senior Opens held over the classic Bridgend links in 2009 and 2013.

This time around, Woosnam will have an impressive cast of ‘local lads’ for company at Royal Porthcawl, when Wales’s 2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price and first-time Senior Tour winner, Stephen Dodd, tackle their first Senior Opens alongside the experienced Mark Mouland.

Woosnam would love nothing better than to lay his hands on the Senior Open title ahead of his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York in September.

He said: “It’s a very important year for me with the Hall of Fame ceremony and competing in the Senior Open on my home turf. 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.”

In excess of 30 Major Champions, dating back to Tom Watson’s historic triumph in The Open at Turnberry in 1977, will be in the world class field, including a number of global stars who were not eligible in 2014 at Royal Porthcawl, such as John Daly, Todd Hamilton, José María Olazábal and David Toms.

They will join defending champion Paul Broadhurst of England, who won the title as a rookie at Carnoustie last year against stiff competition from golfing icons including Langer, Watson, Daly, Colin Montgomerie and Woosnam.

See an amazing line-up of former Major Champions and Ryder Cup stars take to the fairways of Royal Porthcawl for the 2017 Senior Open Championship. Tickets are on sale now and the early booking discount deadline has been extended. Hospitality packages are also available.

For tickets and more information, visit www.senioropenchampionship.com or call +44 (0) 800 023 2557.