About the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex

11/9/2011 2:36:12 PM
Russ Cochran  (Getty Images)
Russ Cochran (Getty Images)

About the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex was launched in 1987 when Englishman Neil Coles won the title at Turnberry.  After American Russ Cochran captured the 25th anniversary edition at Walton Heath Golf Club in 2010, the Championship returns to Turnberry for a record seventh time in 2012. The Senior Open Championship has visited ten different venues and has been won by 17 different players. Gary Player and Tom Watson share the record for the most number of victories, having both won the Championship on three occasions. Only Brian Barnes (1995 and 1996) and Christy O’Connor Jnr (1999 and 2000) have managed to successful defend the title. The Championship has grown in stature since its inception as more former Ryder Cup players and Major Champions join the Senior ranks.

Venue and sponsorship announcements

In July, Rolex was announced as the Presenting Patron of The Senior Open Championship after securing a new agreement with The R&A and the European Senior Tour. Read more here.


The Senior Open Championship will return to the spectacular setting of Turnberry on the Ayrshire coastline from July 26-29, 2012, continuing the Scottish resort’s rich history with the prestigious Championship which began with the inaugural staging in 1987. Read more here.


Royal Birkdale, in Southport, England, will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex when it stages the 27th edition of this prestigious event in 2013. Read more here.


The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will become the first Major Championship to be held in Wales when it is hosted by Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, South Wales, from July 24-27, 2014. Read more here.


2012 Qualifying

Qualifying for The 2012 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex takes place on Monday July 23 at three venues: Dundonald Links, Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club and Turnberry’s Kintyre Course. More than 300 hopefuls are expected to take part in the 18 hole qualifier, with the aim of earning a spot in the field alongside some of the game’s greatest names for the Championship at Turnberry from July 26-29. They will all be hoping to reproduce the performance of American Pete Oakley in 2004, who came through qualifying before going on to win the Championship at Royal Portrush.

More details will be forthcoming in January on how to enter and an FAQ section will be published in due course.

2012 Tickets

You can buy tickets for the 2012 Senior Open Championship at Turnberry now at this address.

To read how Russ Cochran won 2011’s Senior Open Championship at Walton Heath, click here.