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Daly and Couples set for Senior Open returns

Two time Major Champion John Daly is looking forward to using his imagination on the testing links of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club as the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex returns to South Wales from July 27-30.

Daly, who shocked the golfing world with victory at The Open Championship as a rookie in 1995, will return to the United Kingdom next month in search for a second over-50s title.

The American made a return to the winner’s circle with victory at the Insperity Invitational on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit in May.

“I’m really excited,” said Daly. “It’s great being able to play The Open and the Senior Open back-to-back and I’m looking forward to coming over to the United Kingdom.

“It’s cool that the Senior Open is in Wales again this year, it’s nice that we’re moving around a little bit more and playing on different courses, and I’m also looking forward to going to Royal Birkdale too.

“The thing with links golf is, you have to have an imagination. There are so many shots you can create.

“It’s not a case of hitting it high and playing your spin out there. It’s more about creating shots and manoeuvring the ball around bunkers and down the middle of a fairway.

“It’s just fun, and I love the imagination you need to have to play a links course.”

Joining Daly in the field is fellow American and 2012 Senior Open winner Fred Couples, who won the Chubb Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit in February.

The 57 year old won his second Senior Major Championship at the Senior Open at Turnberry, adding to his 1992 Masters Tournament victory.

“I am looking forward to coming back to Royal Porthcawl this summer for the Senior Open Championship,” said Couples. “2014 was one of my most memorable playing experiences in Wales, and the crowds were fantastic at this unique seaside course.

“I am hoping for a good week and getting more experience on one of the great golf courses in the UK.”

Couples and Daly are two of a number of American stars returning to the United Kingdom in July, joining Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Tom Watson.

England’s Paul Broadhurst, who also won the John Jacobs Trophy for topping the European Senior Tour Order of Merit, will defend the Senior Claret Jug he won at Carnoustie in 2016 against a raft of European Tour greats including Miguel Angel Jiménez, Bernhard Langer, Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie.

Tickets for the Senior Open Championship are still available and are a perfect gift for Father’s Day as under 16s go free with a paying adult across all four days of the championship.

Tickets are on sale now and hospitality packages available. For tickets and more information, visit www.senioropenchampionship.com or call +44 (0) 800 023 2557.