John Bland lifts the 2009 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open trophy (Getty Images)
The 2010 edition of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open will carry an increased prize fund of €250,000 – a rise of €30,000 from last year – when the event returns to the stunning Grand Resort Bad Ragaz for the 14th consecutive year from July 2-4.
Another strong European Senior Tour field is expected to tackle the Bad Ragaz Golf Club, which is set against the magnificent back drop of the Swiss Alps.
Television coverage of this year’s event will ensure the spectacular scenery reaches a global audience and will showcase Bad Ragaz as a unique golfing destination combined with the world renowned Spa.
The scenic splendour is set to be matched by the thrilling action on the course, with a play-off deciding the winner last year for the fifth time – the most of any 54 hole tournament on the Senior Tour schedule.
South African John Bland created history when he defeated Bob Boyd on the second extra hole to claim the coveted title – nearly 14 years after his previous Senior Tour victory.
That set a new record for the longest time between wins on the Senior Tour and Bland also become – at the age of 63 – the second oldest winner on the Senior Tour after Neil Coles.
He joined a roll call of previous Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open champions that also includes: inaugural winner Brian Waites (1997), Bobby Verwey (1998), Bob Shearer (1999), David Huish (2000 and 2001), Dragon Taki (2002), Horacio Carbonetti (2003 and 2004), Terry Gale (2005), Juan Quiros (2006) and Carl Mason (2007 and 2008).
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “The European Senior Tour really appreciates the effort made by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz and the other sponsors to increase this year’s prize money by nearly 13 per cent.
“Given the stunning surroundings and the magnificent hospitality always shown by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, it is no surprise that this event is one of the most enduring and popular among the players on the Senior Tour schedule and we look forward with eagerness to another superb tournament.”
Ralph Polligkeit, President of the Organizing Committee, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with the European Senior Tour, and to be able to offer an increased prize fund at this year’s Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open. It’s always a good atmosphere and you can feel how players enjoy being in Bad Ragaz – this makes me happy.
“We would like to thank all the sponsors. Without their support it would be not possible to enhance this great event every year. The quality of the players, the enthusiasm of the supporters and volunteers, and the immaculate condition of the course, should guarantee us yet another exciting and successful tournament.”