Australian Ross Metherell defends the The Belfry PGA Seniors Championship on the PGA National course at The De Vere Belfry following his victory last year, his second in the space of a fortnight.
The 50-year-old coach from Perth closed with a 71 for 12 under par 276 to edge American Bill Brask into second spot by a shot, just as he had done when he burst onto the European seniors scene with victory in the De Vere Hotels Classic at Ferndown.
Also in the field this week is David Huish, the only double winner on the Seniors Tour this year after victories in the Lawrence Batley Seniors and the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors in Switzerland a fortnight ago. Bob Shearer has yet to win this season but could overtake Christy O'Connor Jnr at the top of the Order of Merit with a good finish.
Tommy Horton won the title the first time the Championship was played over the PGA National course in 1998 and will be looking for a repeat performance to claim his second Seniors Tour title of the season and move back among the leaders in the race for the Order of Merit.
The Belfy PGA Seniors Championship will be played on the PGA National Course, the third course in the Belfry complex, for the third successive year. It was designed by Dave Thomas and opened in 1997. Lakes and water come into play on eight of the holes but it is the bunkers which pose the biggest problem on this demanding course.
The tournament starts with pre-qualifying on Wednesday and the successful players go on to join the 60 or so exempt players for the 72-hole Championship which gets underway on Friday.