Turnberry has produced many of golf’s most iconic moments over the years and you can now reserve your ticket to be there for the next chapter in its illustrious history when the famous Ailsa Course hosts The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex from July 26-29, 2012.
From the ‘Duel in the Sun’ between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at The 1977 Open Championship to Greg Norman’s 63 in 1986, Nick Price’s 50ft eagle putt in 1994 and 59 year old Watson’s play-off defeat to Stewart Cink in 2009, Turnberry has provided the backdrop for some golden moments for many of the players who will contest the 26th edition of The Senior Open Championship.
Golf enthusiasts, young and old, hoping to see some of the game’s greatest players in action can now take advantage of some superb advance ticketing offers this winter by booking their place at Scotland’s only Major Championship in the 2012 season, which is co-owned by the European Senior Tour and The R&A.
Record crowds of more than 41,000 attended The Senior Open Championship’s last visit to Ayrshire in 2008 at Royal Troon Golf Club so now is the time to reserve your ticket and ensure you will be there watching the next piece of history being made in Scotland, the Home of Golf.
Substantial reductions are now available over the winter on tickets purchased via www.europeantour.com/tickets, with advanced season tickets frozen for 2012 at 2011 prices.
Season passes can now be purchased in advance for £60, a saving of £10 on the gate price, while any one day passes can be reserved for £18, a significant discount on the gate price of £25.
Spectators taking advantage of this winter offer will also have the added incentive of a new initiative this year which allows all pre-booked ticket holders to go online and secure priority reserved car parking at Turnberry for no additional charge.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Assistant Director of Championships for The R&A, said on behalf of the Championship: “Following the grat success that The Senior Open has enjoyed when being played in South Ayrshire, we are expecting demand for tickets to be high so now is a great opportunity for spectators to book their tickets and ensure they do not miss the chance to watch some of the game’s icons on a course rich with history, not only in terms of The Open Championship but also having previously hosted The Senior Open six times.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland added: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting The Senior Open for the sixth time, when it returns to Scotland, the Home of Golf in 2012. The Senior Open is a major event in a strong portfolio of tournaments to be held in Scotland, offering fans the chance to see some iconic figures from the world of golf, and I am sure that Turnberry will once again provide the perfect stage for the action.”
It will be the seventh time that Turnberry has hosted The Senior Open Championship – the most of any venue on the roster. The Ailsa Course hosted the first four editions of The Senior Open Championship, with Englishman Neil Coles claiming the inaugural title in 1987, South African Gary Player in 1988 and 1990, and New Zealand’s Bob Charles in 1989.
Watson defeated Englishman Carl Mason in a play-off in 2003 to complete a Senior Open and Open Championship double at Turnberry, before another American, Loren Roberts, triumphed when the Championship was last played over the Ailsa Course in 2006.
The Senior Open Championship is co-owned by the European Senior Tour and The R&A and was won in 2011 by American Russ Cochran at Walton Heath Golf Club.
To order on the internet, click on www.europeantour.com/tickets or telephone +44 (0)800 0232557.