Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy is looking for his first win in the senior game and would dearly love to make his maiden triumph this week’s Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard in Northern Ireland.
Darcy, part of a strong contingent of Irish players which includes Des Smyth, Christy O’Connor Jnr and Mark McNulty, is making his debut in the Championship.
The tournament tees off on Thursday, July 22, over the Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club and features a stellar field led by defending champion Tom Watson from the United States, England’s Mark James and Scotland’s Sam Torrance.
Said Darcy: “This is my second year now playing on the Seniors Tour. I was beaten in a play-off in America and Europe last year. It would be great to win my first one here.”
The Irishman has finished runner up four times since turning 50 and divided his time between playing both sides of the Atlantic.
“At this particular time I would like to be a little bit sharper. Golf is a funny game, it can change so much. You get out there the first day, you feel comfortable, you hole a few putts and it all comes back. Look at your man, Todd Hamilton, last week. That was a turn up wasn’t it,” added the 51 year old.
Darcy has not played Royal Portrush before and is hoping to get a feel for it playing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I am looking forward to playing some links golf. I hear the golf course is fantastic. I am playing in the Pro-Am today and with Des (Smyth) and Christy (O’Connor Jnr) at 10.30 tomorrow morning. Hopefully that will be enough,” said Darcy.
Royal Portrush hosted the Championship from 1995 to 1999. Scotland’s Brian Barnes triumphed in 1995 and 1996 while South African Gary Player, also playing this week, won the following year. Welshman Brian Huggett was successful in 1998.
The Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard boasts prize money of €1.47 million (£1 million) and is jointly sanctioned by the European Seniors Tour, the R&A, and the US Champions Tour.