Scotland’s Sam Torrance, fresh from his first victory in the Senior ranks two weeks ago, tees off in the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters this week at Woburn Golf & Country Club.
The former Ryder Cup Captain won the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Wentworth Club for a popular maiden triumph on the European Seniors Tour and following a week’s break he will be looking to capitalise on his fine form over the Duke’s Course at Woburn.
Many of the players who chased him to the finish line at Wentworth Club will also compete, including England’s Carl Mason, Japan’s Seiji Ebihara and Scotland’s Bill Longmuir and John Chillas. Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Jnr will also bid for honours.
Former Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell has also entered the tournament. The Englishman hit the headlines earlier in the season on the Seniors Tour when he broke par for the first time in a professional event at the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open. He also achieved the feat the following week in his own event, the Nigel Mansell Sunseeker International, and will be hoping to make further progress with his golf career at Woburn.
Since its inception in 2001, the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters has regularly attracted the leading players on the Seniors Tour, and the prestigious tournament, which forms the 17th leg of this year’s Seniors Tour, will this year feature prize money of £225,000.
Last year,Northern Ireland’s Paul Leonard marched to victory. He will no doubt be hoping to become the first player to successfully defend the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters. He will be joined by Australian Bob Shearer, who claimed the inaugural title, and Jamaican Delroy Cambridge who lifted the trophy in 2002
This year the champion, in addition to winning £33,750, will also receive a special prize from the Duke of Bedford, which will be a cheque for £10,000.
“We thank Bovis Lend Lease for their support of this fine tournament and with great names like Torrance, Mason and O’Connor Jnr playing I am sure we are in store for a feast of action on the fairways,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Seniors Tour.
“It is of course always a privilege to return to Woburn Golf & Country Club, where so many exceptional tournaments have been played over the years. Woburn Golf & Country Club are wonderful supporters of professional golf and the Seniors Tour are indebted to all their hard work and enthusiasm.”