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Olazábal and Jiménez will add Spanish flair to Senior Open Championship

4 July 2017

José María Olazábal and Miguel Angel Jiménez are sure to bring some Spanish flair to South Wales after confirming they will tee it up at the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from July 27-30.

Olazábal will take part in his first Senior Open Championship since turning 50, while compatriot Jiménez recorded his best Senior Open finish last year, eventually finishing three strokes behind champion Paul Broadhurst at Carnoustie.

With less than a month to go until the start of this year’s championship, 51-year-old Olazábal is looking forward to making a return to the United Kingdom.

“I missed it last year because of my health, but I’m really looking forward to playing at the Senior Open Championship and playing on a true links course,” said Olazábal.

“Everybody I have spoken to has said great things about the course. I’ve heard it is a fantastic links layout, with a few blind shots, which is exactly how it should be out there.

“I’m always looking forward to playing important events like these. Although this event is the Senior Open, to us it feels like The Open, because we get the chance to play on links courses like these again and we couldn’t ask for a better tournament or event.”

Jiménez, a 21-time European Tour winner, secured his fourth over-50s title earlier this year with his defence of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit, defeating 2016 US Senior Open champion Gene Sauers in a play-off.

The 53-year-old held the 54-hole lead at last year’s Senior Open and hopes to build on that experience ahead of his return to Royal Porthcawl in a few weeks’ time.

“I’m looking forward to playing the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl and returning to the course where I played my first Senior Major,” said Jiménez. It’s a good golf course, and if the weather is hot and dry like it was in 2014, it will be very challenging indeed.

“My final round at Carnoustie in last year’s Senior Open was very disappointing, but my game is in good shape at the moment, and it was great to kick-start my season with a win in Mississippi in April.

“In my three Senior Open appearances, I have finished eighth, fourth and third, so my record is quite good at the Championship and to win a Senior Major Championship this year is definitely my target.  As always there will be an incredible field and so the competition will be very strong and I will have to bring my best game to Royal Porthcawl to win, but I am certainly excited about that prospect.”

Two further Spaniards, Santiago Luna and Miguel Angel Martin, will also play the Royal Porthcawl course next month, joining a star-studded field already confirmed for this year’s championship including the likes of Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.senioropenchampionship.com or call 0800 023 2557.

Last Updated: 04/07/2017
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