Woosnam will not only be the fans' favourite, he will also be one of the most fancied starters with the bookies when he tees off in the SSE Enterprise Wales
Senior Open at Celtic Manor on Friday.
Wales' greatest ever golfer, Woosnam
has found a new lease of life in senior golf in recent weeks, having claimed his first title
on the US Champions Tour by sinking a putt from 30 foot to win the Insperity Invitational in a three-way
play-off against Tom Lehman and Kenny Perry.
world No 1 and 1991 Masters champion Woosnam was also in contention right up until
the final round for last week’s Senior PGA championship where fellow Celtic
Manor enthusiast Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his title. Woosnam
It's always great to be back on home soil and this is a course I know
well. The course looks to be in fantastic condition so it will be interesting
to see how the scoring goes. There's
some brilliant holes, the downhill par-five fifth hole could be telling, you
can take triple bogey there or you can make eagle.
twice won European Tour events down the road at St Pierre but he never managed
to get his hands on the silver dragon trophy awarded to the Wales Open
champion. He would love to win this week's European Senior Tour event on the
Roman Road Course which he helped launch as Celtic Manor's touring professional
in 1995. He said:
had some good times in Wales but I've also had some bad times. I'm looking forward to this week. I just hope I can find enough energy to
try to win again, having just flown back from America.
Meanwhile, another European Tour winner from Wales, Mark Mouland, is also banking on home
comforts providing the desired effect over the next three days. He revealed that
he has played the Roman Road twice recently in the company of another Tour
winner, Gordon Brand Jnr.
It’s a lovely track and has come on a ton
since Gordon and I played. The greens are a bit fiery but it’s nice to be back
here. I feel relaxed, being close to home. I live 35 minutes away so can
commute to the course daily and if I can only hole a few more putts – you never
England’s Phil Golding won the last Wales Senior Open at Royal
Porthcawl in 2013. Other proven winners in the field include Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Mark James, Barry Lane, Costantino Rocca and former Wales Open winner Steen Tinning.
Celtic Manor member Glyn Davies is playing on a tournament invite and is assured of a strong following when he is first man off the tee at 8.00am on Friday. Woosnam is among the later starters on the opening day at 11.30am. You can see the full list of tee times here.
The SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open forms part of
the Welsh Government’s commitment to golf, continuing the legacy of the 2010
Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and Wales’ first ever major championship - last year's Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl.
Tickets are available on the gate for tournament days
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, priced £15 (single day) and £35 (season) for
adults. Children under-16 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.