04 Jun Major contenders line up for battle royal at Sunningdale in Senior Open Championship
Major champions from both sides of the Atlantic will square up in a battle for supremacy from July 23-26 when the legends of the game assemble at Sunningdale Golf Club to contest the 2015 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex.
The fight to wrest the Senior Open trophy from Germany’s Bernhard Langer will bring at least 12 Major Champions boasting 25 Major titles between them into direct opposition – and the Europe v USA showdown will contain elements of a Ryder Cup battle royal.
In the European corner, there is Langer – the hugely impressive runaway winner of the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl. On that occasion, the best of the United States could barely land a blow as the two-time Masters winner destroyed a field of the highest quality.
He is joined by another two-time Major Champion in Sandy Lyle and the little man with the big heart, Ian Woosnam, who captured the 1991 Green Jacket at Augusta National.
Leading the charge in the American corner, is the nine-time Major winner and three-time Senior Open champion, Tom Watson. It may be 40 years since his first Open success at Carnoustie in 1975, but the master tactician of the fairways returns to Sunningdale to bid for a fourth Senior title, six years after he arrived at the same venue having come agonisingly close to capturing The Open at Turnberry at the age of 59.
The last winner of the Senior Open title at Turnberry, Fred Couples, who triumphed there in 2012, returns to join Watson, Tom Kite, Curtis Strange, Mark O’Meara, Mark Calcavecchia, Jerry Pate, Tom Lehman and Lee Janzen. Major winners all – and outstanding competitors nowadays at Senior Major level.
The Ryder Cup theme can’t be overlooked in terms of former captains populating the field at Sunningdale. Kite, Strange, Lehman, Langer, Watson and Woosnam are joined by Mark James, Sam Torrance and Colin Montgomerie, all of whom experienced the thrill of leading their continents into action over the past couple of decades.
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour on behalf of the Championship, commented: “As we head into the first Senior Major of the year, the Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid in Indiana, this week, with Colin Montgomerie defending his title, it is exciting to see how the field is shaping up for Sunningdale.
“To have no fewer than 12 Major Champions in the line-up at this stage of the season is very encouraging and the golfing public who love true golfing legends and great golf courses will be able to enjoy both those elements when the field is finalised in July. It promises to be another great event.”
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