Bill Longmuir will aim for a place in European Seniors Tour history this week when he attempts to become, not only the first player to successfully defend a title in 2005, but also the first man to win The Mobile Cup on two occasions.
The Scot triumphed in spectacular fashion 12 months ago at The Oxfordshire Golf Club, birdieing three of the final four holes to come from behind and pip long time leader Seiji Ebihara.
Both men will be in action again as the tournament moves to Collingtree Park Golf Club, the cream of the European Seniors Tour talent experiencing the third venue for the event in its four year history.
Despite being one of the newer events on the schedule, The Mobile Cup is already a firm favourite with the players and the quality of the tournament can be gauged by a quick glance at an already impressive Roll of Honour.
The inaugural tournament was won by former European Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher at Stoke Park in 2002, the victory representing the Scot’s maiden European Seniors Tour success.
Following Gallacher was Carl Mason whose success at Stoke Park in 2003 was one of a raft of victories for the Englishman on his way to topping the Seniors Tour Order of Merit at the end of his rookie season, an achievement, of course, he repeated last year with record earnings of €354,742.
After two years at Stoke Park, the event moved to The Oxfordshire Golf Club last year where Longmuir triumphed, one of two victories for the Scot – the other being in the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open – on his way to finishing fifth on the Order of Merit.
A high quality field has again assembled to vie for the £125,000 prize fund, including current Numbers One and Two on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, Luis Carbonetti of Argentina and Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe.