The European Seniors Tour puts the ‘pedal to the metal’ in the Nigel Mansell Sunseeker International Classic this week at Woodbury Park. The tournament was inaugurated last season and will see the Senior Tour’s impressive line up of proven winners return to try and take the checkered flag at the home of the former Formula One World Champion.
All the leading players on the Order of Merit will make the trip to Devon for an event which is the 11th leg of this year’s Seniors Tour and marks the halfway point of the season.
England’s Carl Mason, twice a winner this year, and Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, Australian Terry Gale and Argentina’s Luis Carbonetti, all with one win apiece in 2004, will be just some of the leading lights teeing off on Friday.
Ray Carrasco, who won the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open on Sunday, will also compete and be looking to become the first player this season to win back-to-back titles.
Tournament host and owner of Woodbury Park, Mansell made his debut on the Seniors Tour in last year’s event and will once again play this week as an amateur just a week after closing with a wonderful round of 66 in Wales.
Mansell, the 1992 F1 champion, and Indy Car winner in America the following year, opened with rounds of 73 and 72 before slipping back with a 78 to finish in 60th place. The Englishman warmed up for his event by playing in last week’s Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open, where he was placed tied 39th.
Defending champion, Mike Miller from Scotland, will be aiming to keep the trophy in his cabinet come Sunday. He recorded a two stroke victory for his first title on the Seniors Tour last year after finishing ahead of a group of five players in second place.
Mason and compatriot Nick Job shot course record eight under par 64s in the second round demonstrating the high quality of golf that was played.
“Our members were wonderfully well looked after by Nigel and Roseanne Mansell last year. Nigel, one of our country’s greatest sporting heroes following his victories in the Formula One and Indy Car Championships, is an enthusiastic supporter of golf and we thank him for all his efforts,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director, European Seniors Tour.
“We are also indebted to the backing of main sponsor Sunseeker International, a company whose reputation for building superior yachts is the perfect match for the quality hotel and spa facilities and golf course at Woodbury Park,” added Stubbs.