Sam Torrance (2002), Ian Woosnam (2006), Colin Montgomerie (2010) and Paul McGinley (2014) all captained Europe to historic victories over the United States. Now that famous quartet will be reunited from July 26-29 at a venue revered the world over and one which holds many fond memories for this Ryder Cup foursome.
“The Senior Open is the highlight of my year’s golfing schedule by a mile,” declared Montgomerie, who has won three Senior Majors since turning 50 and, in common with the rest of the 144-strong field, would dearly love to add the Senior Claret Jug to his list of accomplishments.
“It’s marvellous that we are playing the Old Course, at long last. It’s great not just for senior golf, but for golf in general. The field this year will be exceptional. When I play in America, all the talk is about St Andrews and I can assure everybody there is no-one playing on the PGA Tour Champions who’s going to be left at home this time.”
Torrance, who played in five Opens at St Andrews during an illustrious career which encompassed a record 702 starts on the European Tour, is equally enthusiastic about his Old Course return. He said: “I am thrilled that The Senior Open is finally coming to the Old Course. I just wish it had been 14 years ago when I turned 50!
“However, it has always been a privilege to play there. I loved the course the first time I set eyes on it. It’s iconic. Nowhere else can match that history and tradition and I have such fond memories of winning the Dunhill Cup as part of the Scotland team and, especially, partnering my son, Daniel, to win the Team Event in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2003.”
Woosnam, like Torrance, competed in The Open on five occasions at St Andrews, with his highest finish coming in 1990 when he was tied fourth behind Sir Nick Faldo.
The Welshman, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year, commented: “There is a real sense of history at St Andrews that no other place can match. From the moment you arrive at The R&A Clubhouse, the Old Course has the ability to excite and inspire golfers from all over the world.
“I would love to be in contention for my first Senior Major this year, and it promises to be an outstanding event with so many great champions coming together for one week in July to help create more history on the famous Old Course.”
McGinley, at 51 the youngest of the quartet of captains, said: “It’s going to be a stellar field. The allure of St Andrews means that all the big names will be coming over from America and I can’t wait.
Bernhard Langer of Germany will defend his title in a world class field including two winners of The Open at the Old Course, in Sir Nick Faldo and John Daly.
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