SSE Scottish Senior Open returns to Fairmont

1/17/2014 10:41:04 AM
Santiago Luna   (Getty Images)
Santiago Luna (Getty Images)

The SSE Scottish Senior Open will return to the stunning Fairmont St Andrews for the sixth consecutive year from August 15-17, when Santiago Luna will defend the title he claimed in dramatic circumstances.

The sublime Torrance Championship Course has played host to some breath-taking action and great champions since the SSE Scottish Senior Open first moved to the coastal venue outside the town of St Andrews, often referred to as the ‘Home of Golf’.

Sam Torrance himself came close to claiming the title for a second time last year, over the course he designed, but narrowly missed out to Spaniard Luna, who earned his maiden Senior Tour title 15 years after he defeated Tiger Woods at the Home of Golf during the Dunhill Cup.

The lead exchanged hands several times during the final day last August before the rookie from Madrid claimed a one-shot victory over former Ryder Cup Captain Torrance and Irishman Denis O’Sullivan.

It was a thrilling finish worthy of one of the Senior Tour’s longest-running and most prestigious events, one which Englishman Barry Lane won back to back in 2010 and 2011, before Anders Forsbrand created history by lifting the trophy in 2012, becoming the Tour’s first Swedish winner.

This year’s will be the 22nd edition of the SSE Scottish Senior Open, which was first won by England’s Tommy Horton in 1993. He claimed the title for a second time in 1997 while Neil Coles, Bill Longmuir and José Rivero have all added their names to the prestigious roll of honour.

Rookies on the Senior Tour this year include Ronan Rafferty, the 1989 European Tour Number One who was twice a member of the winning Irish team in the Alfred Dunhill Cup at the nearby St Andrews Old Course, as well as Miguel Angel Jiménez, also a two-time Alfred Dunhill Cup winner with Spain, and Switzerland’s André Bossert.