The European Seniors Tour’s leading lights should be well to the fore this week as the Seniors Tour returns to Germany for the first time since America’s Jeff Van Wagenen won at last year’s Tui Seniors Championship at Fleesensee.
This time, the European Seniors Tour’s leading stars will be competing for a total purse of 200,000 euro in the inaugural Palmerston Trophy Berlin, contested over the impressive new Nick Faldo at the Sporting Club, Berlin.
The Faldo course at Sporting Club was the venue for the last two German Opens, won by Stephen Allan and Jarmo Sandelin, and also last year’s World Amateur International Team Trophy, won by a strong American side led by Bryce Molder, and in all three of those events it drew rave reviews from all the contestants.
The Faldo course, designed by European Golf Design
in association with Nick Faldo, has a distinct links feel about and so may play into the hands of the England’s Denis Durnian who shot to the top of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit when he won the record 139,555 euro (£830,300) first prize at the recent Wales Seniors Open over the venerable links at Royal St David’s.
On that occasion, Durnian showed he had all the shots needed to cope with the vagaries of links golf but in Berlin he will face full-strength field that includes all the winners on this year’s circuit.
Priscillo Diniz, winner of the Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open, Noel Ratcliffe (Beko Seniors Open), Seiji Ebihara (AIB Irish Seniors Open), Ian Stanley (De Vere PGA Seniors and ** (Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters) all join Durnian in the field. They will be joined by a host of other world-class players including John Grace, Tommy Horton, David Oakley, John Morgan, Bob Shearer and Bernard Gallacher.
Gallacher, the former Ryder Cup captain and veteran of 13 wins on the European Tour, has still to taste his first success on the Seniors circuit but, after good performances at both the AIB Irish Seniors and the Wales Seniors Open, the feeling is that he may not have to wait much longer for his maiden victory.
Certainly, the Scot has left fellow competitors with no doubts about his desire to win on the European Seniors Tour. He is committed to a full schedule on this year’s circuit and can win if he can regain anything like the sort of putting touch he enjoyed during his highly successful career on the regular Tour.