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Friday, 19 March 2010
The European Seniors Tour players will be under a live TV spotlight for the third time this season when the inaugural STC Bovis Lend Lease European Invitational gets underway over the famous Duke's course at Woburn this week.

The event, which is to be broadcast live on Sky TV, features one of the strongest fields of the season with newcomers such as Australia's Rodger Davis, New Zealand's Simon Owen and England's Ian Mosey joining all of the previous winners on this season's European Seniors Tour.

The field for the second of this season's three Seniors Tour Championship series events is headed by Australia's Ian Stanley, the current Number One in the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Stanley, from Melbourne, who earlier this season emerged victorious at both the De Vere Hotels PGA Seniors Championship and the Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, goes into the STC Bovis Lend Lease European Invitational with a 20,794 euro (£13,125) lead at the top of the 2001 Order of Merit but he still faces a strong challenge from current Number Two, Wales Seniors Open champion Denis Durnian, Seiji Ebihara and David Oakley, who lie third and fourth in the Order of Merit respectively.

The race for the John Jacobs Trophy as the leading money winner seems destined to go right to the wire and another interesting battle is being fought out over the Ping Rookie of the Year Award, won last year by Brazil's Priscillo Diniz.

At the moment, New Zealand's Simon Owen, who is seventh in the Order of Merit after a series of strong finishes including a runner-up spot at the AIB Irish Seniors Open, occupies pole position in the race for rookie honours. But he could still be overtaken by long hitting Jamaican Delroy Cambridge who currently occupies 14th place in the Order of Merit or the impressive New Zealander Barry Vivian, who occupies 15th place.

This season has been notable for the number of new faces to emerge on the Seniors scene and none are better known that the charismatic Davis who made his debut on the Tour when he finished tied for 17th at the Energis Senior Masters. He moved up a gear when he finished joint ninth in Scotland and now makes his third start over a Duke's course he knows well after competing over it during his days on The European Tour.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DURNIAN, DenisENG18-5
2HORTON, TommyENG18-4
3DAVIS, RodgerAUS18-3
T4BALLESTEROS, ManuelESP183
T4GARRIDO, AntonioESP183
6MILLER, MikeSCO188
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