THE Royal & Ancient Golf Club (R&A) have confirmed that Gleneagles Golf Club will host the Senior British Open presented by Rolex for the first time when the Scottish venue welcomes Europe’s only senior Major championship in 2022.
The King’s Course on the 850-acre Perthshire estate will host the 35th edition of the tournament from July 21 ot 24,2022, a year after Sunningdale Golf Club welcomes the Championship’s return after its cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gleneagles is no stranger to elite golf events, having hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, the prestigious team event that Rolex has been associated with since 1995, and 26 European Tour events since 1974.
It also welcomed the Solheim Cup to Auchterarder in September 2019 when Europe beat Team USA 14.5-13.5 in dramatic fashion to win the Cup for the first time since 2013.
Established in 1919, the King’s Course was the first to open at Gleneagles, closely followed by the Queen’s Course in 1924. The 1974 Double Diamond Strokeplay was the maiden European Tour event to be staged on the King’s, before Nick Faldo won his first European Tour title – the Skol Lager Individual – three years later in 1977.
The Senior Open was first played in 1987 at Turnberry where Neil Coles became the maiden winner. The last time the Senior Open visited Scotland was in 2018 when Miguel Angel Jiménez secured a one-stroke victory on the Old Course at St Andrews.
Rolex’s support for the Senior Open and the Legends Tour is part of a broad partnership with golf that dates back more than 50 years and permeates all levels of the sport worldwide.
The Swiss watchmaker also partners the PGA Champions Tour, along with elite players, other men’s and women’s Tours and their governing bodies, as well as amateur and junior golf.
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