9 August 2013

Seniors move from Royal Birkdale to Royal Porthcawl

Following Mark Wiebe’s victory in this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Birkdale, the baton has now been passed to Royal Porthcawl as Wales prepares to host its first Major Championship in 2014.

Seniors move from Royal Birkdale to Royal Porthcawl

The approach to the 14th at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

The famous links in Bridgend, South Wales, will become the 12th different venue to host a Senior Open Championship, when it stages the 28th edition from 24-27 July 2014.

Tickets are now on sale via www.senioropengolf.com for the 2014 Senior Open Championship, giving golf fans the chance to see some of golf’s most iconic names in action and witness this historic maiden Major to be played on Welsh soil.

Last month's Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale attracted record crowds of 45,575, as Wiebe defeated Germany’s Bernhard Langer in a dramatic play-off, which was extended into Monday morning.

Colin Montgomerie, the man who led Europe to Ryder Cup glory at The Celtic Manor Resort three years ago, made his debut in the event, while Corey Pavin, his American counterpart in that contest, finished in a tie for third place.

The spotlight will now shine on the country again, with preparations already underway for Royal Porthcawl’s first staging of the Senior Open.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships, at The R&A, said: “After the success of this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Birkdale, we are now all looking forward to visiting Wales for the first time when Royal Porthcawl hosts the 2014 edition. Royal Porthcawl is another magnificent links venue and all of the players will relish playing next year.”

As part of the agreement between the Welsh Government, The European Tour and The R&A, The Senior Open will return to Welsh shores on two further occasions between 2015 and 2024, on dates yet to be confirmed.

It follows the successful staging of The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport.

MJ Abbott carried out a major upgrade to the Toro irrigation system at Royal Porthcawl during winter 2012-2013, and constructed the Twenty Ten Course which hosted the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.

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