Ian Woosnam headlines the field at this week's 2016 SSE Enterprise Wales Senior
Open at Celtic Manor, hoping to win on a golf course he helped to open more than two decades ago.
Woosnam was the touring professional at Celtic Manor when the South Wales venue opened its first golf course, the Roman Road, back in 1995.
He visited on several occasions as renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones and his team built the course and is pictured below showing resort owner Sir Terry Matthews the lay of the land during construction.
The 1991 Masters champion and Wales' greatest ever golfer has been back many times since competing in both the Wales Open and the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open where he bids to go one better than last year's runner-up finish and win his first title at the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup.
A popular home win would be the 58 year old's third win in Wales following his two wins down the road at St Pierre on the regular European Tour in 1983 and 1990. He has four top three finishes in six appearances at the Wales Senior Open and reflected:
I maybe should
have won here in Wales in the past. Let’s go out there and see what
happens. Sometimes when you’re not expecting to win you can go out and turn it
around. I only need to
hit a few good shots and maybe it will all come together - I’m surprised I’ve
done as well as I have over the last few years. It’s great
coming back here and having everybody recognise you as a golfer from
in the field are defending champion Wesselingh and fellow 2015 runner-up Peter
Fowler. Fowler finished
second in the Order of Merit last season, and hopes he can go one better in both
this year’s rankings and the Wales Senior Open.
“It would be
good to go that one step further,” Fowler said. “I’ve been trying to do my
homework on the greens here. The wind is tricky, but the greens are even
have got some massive, massive slopes on these greens. You definitely don’t want
to be in the wrong place. That being
said, I really enjoy it here. The hotel and facilities are good and the course
is in great shape again.”
James Kingston will make his European Senior Tour debut, while Ireland’s Denis
O’Sullivan is playing in his 300th event - the first Senior Tour
player to reach the milestone. Former Wales
Senior Open winners Phil Golding, Barry Lane, Bill Longmuir and Carl Mason are
also set to tee-off this week.
Tickets are available on the gate from Friday to Sunday's conclusion, priced £15 daily with free parking.