Stars of Seniors Golf tee-up at Thorpeness
There’s no contesting the fact that Rory McIlroy is the hottest golfer on the planet just now.
He’s won his last three tournaments - two of them Majors –adding the Open Championship and Claret Jug to his trophy cabinet and reclaiming the USPGA Championship and Wanamaker Trophy he first won in 2012.
Even with Rory dominating sports pages and airwaves the truth is some of the best golf being played in the world at the moment is by Seniors – and especially former European Tour players.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, who so famously fell short of winning a major despite dominating the European Tour and Ryder Cup (Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit Winner), has just won two Senior Majors in a row – The US Senior Open and The Senior USPGA Championship.
German Bernhard Langer just won the Seniors British Open by a record 13-strokes from Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl.
He is easily the #1 Senior golfer in the world at present and seems to shoot ridiculously low scores every time he tees up on The Champions Tour. We haven’t got room in this blog to mention everything he has won lately.
So where’s this going...?
Well, the moral of the story is that golfers, like fine wine, can get better with age and that watching Seniors Golf can be every bit as exciting as the glamour of The PGA Tour or World Golf Championships.
Which is lucky for you, because, today Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club is hosting the PGA Super 60’s tournament – The Professional Golfer’s Association’s seniors major – with around 42 golf professionals, aged 60 plus, teaming up with an amateur partner to compete on our James Braid heathland course.
We are looking forward to welcoming some former Ryder Cup players, including defending champion Maurice Bembridge, Lionel Platts and other distinguished professionals such as Scotland’s Jim Farmer – the honorary professional of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
There is also a strong local interest here in Thorpeness as our own Head Professional Frank Hill vies to win the Super 60’s title for the second time with his amateur partner Ray Foreman.
Frank, a former European Seniors Tour Player who has also played in The Open five times, is surely one of the favourites and knows this course better than anyone.
The PGA Super 60’s is at Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club from August 14-15 and is free to watch. You can keep up with the live scoring on the PGA website here
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