By Duncan @ DEVEL Golf
This week marks the start of the European Senior Tour here in Wales at Celtic Manor. With no European Tour or Challenge Tour events in Wales this year we are looking forward to going along to see how the Roman Road course really should be played!
Unlike the European and Challenge Tours, the Senior Tour focuses largely on events in or around the UK. With almost all televised golf being shown on non-terrestrial channels, events like these give youngsters the opportunity to watch some great golf up close.
The seniors also do their bit towards promoting the game. Pros such as Mark Mouland and Paul Mayo have been active in recent weeks promoting the Welsh Open and golf in general - which is highly commendable.
Former Masters winner Ian Woosnam and ex-European Tour No 1 Ronan Rafferty are two high profile names teeing it up this week. They are joined by a number of ex-Ryder Cup players including Paul Broadhurst, Mark James, Philip Walton and Barry Lane. With a field containing names like these, it's a shame the Seniors Tour doesn't receive wider recognition here in the UK and Europe.
Seniors golf has had a recent shot in the arm with guys like John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez reaching the magical 5-0. Characters such as these undoubtedly draw in the crowds and we would love to see these guys tee it up at Celtic Manor in future!
One suggested way of sparking interest here in the UK might be to capitalise on the success of The Champions Tour in America. In an interview with europeantour.com, new head of the European Senior Tour, David MacLaren, mentioned that he would explore the possibility of a Seniors Ryder Cup. That would undoubtedly be something that would capture the imagination of the golfing public. We challenge anyone to come up with a foursome to beat Monty and Jimenez v Daly and Watson for entertainment value! Responses on social media please if you can!
Fantasy foursomes aside, can you imagine the fight for the captaincy on each team with so many qualified candidates?
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