The idyllic setting of Bad Ragaz Golf Club in Switzerland hosts the European Seniors Tour this week. The Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open tees off on Thursday with a strong field arriving from Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard, which finished on Sunday at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
All the Seniors Tour’s leading players, such as Carl Mason from England, Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, and American Ray Carrasco have chosen to head to Bad Ragaz and not the US Seniors Open which is being played the same week.
The tournament is the 13th leg of this season’s Seniors Tour and features a full house of champions from 2004. Mason has won twice this year, while Longmuir and Carrasco have a win apiece.
Other winners competing include South African Gavan Levenson, Englishmen Malcom Gregson and Bob Cameron, and Japan’s Seiji Ebihara.
This year marks the eighth year of the Bad Ragaz event, where the tranquil environment and perfect conditions have always led to low scoring.
Last year Horacio Carbonetti from Argentina, finished with a winning three round total of 13 under par, which was the lowest of the season. He started the tournament with successive 64s, which laid the foundations for his three stroke win over Australian David Good.
Last year Brazilian Priscillo Diniz also shot the joint lowest round of the season, a stunning eight under par 62. It was phenomenal golf which lit up the event and more fireworks on the fairways are expected this week.
“The Seniors Tour is extremely appreciative to the many sponsors involved in the tournament. We are particularly grateful to BTI Kuoni, Credit Suisse Private Banking, Hilti, Volvo and of course Thermalbader & Grand-Hotels,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director, European Seniors Tour.
“The Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open promises to be a classic week of dramatic golf with the birdie and eagle count soaring high and the best seniors in the game turning on the style,” added Stubbs.