The Staysure Tour heads to Trevose Golf & Country Club this week for the first of five events to be staged on English soil. Former World Number One Ian Woosnam will host the inaugural event, as José Cóceres looks to extend his lead on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit.
Here are five things you need to know before the action gets under way.
Woosnam to host
The 1991 Masters Tournament Champion Ian Woosnam will be juggling his title challenge with hosting duties as he bids to win his first Staysure Tour title since 2014.
A prolific winner on the European Tour, with 29 victories, Woosnam has continued his winning ways since joining the senior ranks, becoming the first former European Tour Order of Merit champion to repeat the feat on the over-50s circuit. The Welshman, who has five Staysure Tour titles to his name, will be renewing plenty of old rivalries this week, with golfing stars Paul Lawrie, Jean van de Velde and Peter O’Malley among the big names in attendance.
Baker to go back-to-back?
Peter Baker heads to Trevose on a high from his maiden Staysure Tour win at the Senior Open Hauts de France by Jean van de Velde earlier this month, becoming only the 11th player to have triumphed on the European Tour, Challenge Tour and Staysure Tour in the process.
The 1993 Ryder Cup player has already tasted victory at Trevose in 2019, clinching his third Asbri PGA Cornish Festival in just seven years after a final day seven under par round of 65 in April.
Should he win this week, he will become the first player since Peter Fowler in 2015 to win back-to-back Staysure Tour titles.
Ryder Cup pedigree
There is no shortage of star names on display this week, with 11 former Ryder Cup players set to contest the title.
Tournament host Woosnam leads the field in Ryder Cup appearances, having represented Europe at eight consecutive editions of the biennial contest between 1983 and 1997. The Welshman would also lead the continent to a record-equaling 18½-9½ victory at The K Club as captain in 2006.
Meanwhile, England’s Barry Lane, who captured his seventh Staysure Tour victory at last month’s Senior Italian Open, joins 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, plus eight others, including Peter Baker, Gordon Brand Jnr, David Gilford, Steven Richardson, Jarmo Sandelin, Des Smyth, Jean van de Velde and Philip Walton at the Cornish layout.
Debut bow for Trevose
The Farmfoods European Links Legends Championship is the first European Tour-sanctioned event to be held at Trevose Golf & Country Club. Opened in 1925, the Championship Course has played host to numerous top amateur events, including The Brabazon Trophy (2008), The McGregor Trophy (2012) and the English Men’s County Finals (2017). Located close to Cornwall’s gourmet capital, Padstow, the Harry Colt designed layout is sure to provide plenty of drama, with spectacular holes hugging the Atlantic and undulating greens.
The first of many
The championship marks the first of five events set to be staged on English soil this year, and the first of six British events with the Scottish Senior Open returning to the East Lothian coastline in August.
The Cornish event is one of four new tournaments on the over-50s circuit in 2019, alongside the Jordan Mixed Open Presented by Ayla, the Senior Open Hauts de France by Jean van de Velde, and the Austrian Senior Open.
Having played the Senior Open Hauts de France two weeks ago, the Staysure Tour continues the new event streak with a trip to Cornwall this week.
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