5-times British Open Champion Tom Watson (pictured by Getty Images) from the USA, will achieve a lifelong ambition in July 2014 when he visits Wales for the first time in the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl Links.
The 64 year old US Ryder Cup Captain had always hoped to find time to play the classic Welsh links during one of his many trips to Britain and Ireland around the time of The Open Championship but never managed to make the first tee.
However, with Wales hosting a Senior Major Championship for the first time from July 24-27, Watson will finally have the opportunity to sample Royal Porthcawl’s majestic golf links.
Watson, whose love affair with links terrain is well documented, illustrated last weekend that he is still hugely competitive as he closes in on his 65th birthday by chasing down Colin Montgomerie all the way to the finishing line in the US Senior PGA Championship.
The five-time Open Champion, who finished runner-up to Montgomerie in Michigan, will be making a number of high profile visits to the UK later this year, with the Senior Open sandwiched in between The Open at Royal Liverpool and his responsibilities as US Ryder Cup Captain at Gleneagles in September.
He is enjoying the twin roles of golfer and non-playing Captain immensely, but competing in the Senior Open Championship remains one of his main priorities for 2014.
Watson has also picked the brains of former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam to understand a little bit more about the course and the country which will stage the 2014 Championship in just under two
The confirmation of Watson’s appearance in Wales underlines the quality of the field on view at the Bridgend course in July, with both 2010 Ryder Cup Captains Montgomerie and Corey Pavin also competing along with Woosnam, past champions Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer, Senior Tour ‘rookie’ Miguel Angel Jiménez and 2013 title holder Mark Wiebe. Montgomerie arrives in Porthcawl having finally made his Major breakthrough in that duel with Watson in the US Senior PGA last week.
Tickets for The 2014 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl can be bought online via www.senioropengolf.com or by calling +44 (0)800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.
Source: European Tour