The European Seniors Tour journeys to scenic North Wales this week, for the Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open at the much acclaimed Royal St David’s Golf Club.
Wales may only boast one tournament on the Seniors Tour schedule but the stature of the Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open means the country leaves a big impression on the Tour.
The tournament, now in its fourth year, offers prize money of €750,275 (£500,000) which is the second largest purse on the Seniors Tour.
A quality field is assured for the event, with the leading players from the Seniors Tour Order of Merit list competing.
Scotland’s Bill Longmuir will return to defend his title. The Essex based golfer closed with a four under par 65 to claim his first Seniors Tour trophy at the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open last year.
The Scot had spent three months practicing at Greg Norman’s home in Florida and all the hard work paid off when he made up a four shot overnight deficit to finish three shots clear of America’s David Oakley.
Some other well-known golfers have tasted victory in the tournament and will be back looking for more success this week. England’s Denis Durnian won in 2001 and Seiji Ebihara from Japan triumphed the following year when he also claimed the Order of Merit title.
“We have been delighted with the progress made by the tournament since its inception in 2001, and with the support of Ryder Cup Wales 2010 the event has been able to move to the forefront and establish itself as one of our premier events,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director, European Seniors Tour.
“We are indebted to Ryder Cup Wales 2010 - who are to be commended for doing so much to promote the game in Wales in the lead up to the Ryder Cup is six years time - and to the Gwynedd Events Commission for their enthusiasm and support,” added Stubbs.
Playing a major part in the success of the tournament is Royal St David’s, which is one of the finest venues on the Seniors Tour. With its strict par of 69 players rate the course very highly and with some inspiring scenery they could not ask for a better environment to play golf.
To the north of the course is a vast range of mountains, that includes the distant peak of Snowdon while much closer at hand, Harlech Castle casts its shadow over the splendid links.