Woosie sets sights on first Celtic Manor victory

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Ian Woosnam will set his sights on a first victory at Celtic Manor when he tees off as joint leader for the final round of the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open.

Woosnam rolled back the years and rolled in the birdies as he compiled a second round 66 to join England's Paul Wesselingh on four under par, three shots clear of the rest of the field.

Woosie was the touring professional at Celtic Manor when the Roman Road Course opened 20 years ago and came close to winning the Wales Open in 2000 and 2005, but he has to look back to 1990 for his last tour win on home soil, just down the road at St Pierre.

He said: "I've been playing at Celtic Manor for a long time and I was the touring professional here for a number of years, so to come back and score well here is nice. It's also great to welcome all the other players on the European Senior Tour here for the SSE Enterprise Senior Wales Open.

"I'm in a good position and hopefully I can find another good round tomorrow and we'll see what happens. Any Welsh player is going to get more of a cheer out there than anyone else, but they're a good golfing crowd and I hope they'll all come out and cheer me on tomorrow."

Much warmer and drier conditions greeted the players on the second day but a reasonable breeze meant scoring was not significantly lower. Although he would like to see even more sunshine on his troublesome back, the conditions suited Woosnam whose five birdies and sole bogey added up to the lowest round of the day.


Wesselingh (pictured above) had pulled one clear with a birdie at the short 15th but made bogey at the last to fall back into a tie with the home favourite.

The Englishman played most of his golf on the PGA club pro circuit before turning 50 but he has proved himself more than a match for the tour veterans, winning six tournaments and claiming the Order of Merit crown on the European Senior Tour in 2013.

The nearest challengers to the two leaders are the only two other players under par after two rounds - Australian Peter Fowler and Spain's Miguel Angel Martin on one under.

Former Ryder Cup Captain Mark James and Ireland's evergreen Denis O'Sullivan, who shot his age of 67 on the opening day, are among a group of five players on level par.

The most dramatic round of the day belonged to Arentina's Cesar Monasterio, who followed up the ecstasy of a hole in one on the 149-yard seventh with the agony of a quadruple bogey eight on the very next hole.

Tickets to cheer on Woosie tomorrow are available on the gate, priced £15 adults with children under-16 going free when accompanied by an adult. Full scores can be seen here.

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Paul joined the Celtic Manor Resort in 2007 having previously worked in newspaper journalism, most recently as assistant sports editor at the Western Mail in Cardiff. Responsible for all aspects of media liaison at the resort, he wishes he had more time to improve his golf handicap of 14 and polish his excruciating puns on Twitter.

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