The Ryder Cup is golf’s most prestigious team competition and this year’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters will see 14 former stars of the past tournaments go head-to-head in this Staysure Tour event.
Taking place between 4–7 October, the event takes place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club and will see a whole host of golfing icons battle it out for a share of the €200,000 prize fund.
1991 Masters winner, Ian Woosnam OBE, is one of the professionals at this year’s event who has a particularly illustrious history with the Ryder Cup. In 1985 he played a crucial role in Europe’s first ever victory in the competition and in total he played in eight Ryder Cups, lifting the trophy on five occasions. In 2006 Ian took on the role as captain for the first time, leading the team to victory on Ireland’s K Club.
One man who is no stranger to the Forest of Arden Course and the Ryder Cup is former European Tour star, Barry Lane. Victorious in the British Masters at the Forest of Arden in 2004, he was also a member of Europe’s 1993 Ryder Cup team. Swedish player Jarmo Sandelin will also be in action at the event, with five European Tour wins to his name, he represented Europe in the 1999 Ryder Cup.
2004 saw Europe defeat USA 18 ½ to 9 ½, the biggest ever margin of victory for the side. Frenchman, Thomas Levet, was part of that team and in the afternoon foursomes helped Miguel Jimenez defeat the legendary Phil Mickelson and David Toms. Levet will be joined at the Forest of Arden by his compatriot, Jean van de Velde.
Legendary Italian golfer, Costantino Rocca won two out of three Ryder Cups he played in, triumphing in back-to-back events in 1995 and 1997. Other former Ryder Cup stars who will add to the stellar line-up at the Farmfoods European Senior Masters include: Phillip Price, Gordon J Brand, Gordon Brand Jnr, David Gilford, Des Smyth, Eamon Darcy, Phillip Walton and event host Peter Baker.
Peter discussed his delight at having so many Ryder Cup players involved in this year’s Championship. He said: “The Ryder Cup is the biggest team event in golf and the fact that we have so many players involved in this year’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters demonstrates what an exciting event we have in store. The line-up this year is incredibly strong with a whole host of high calibre players involved. I’m looking forward to seeing them in action and who will be crowned as the champion.”
As well as headline sponsor Farmfoods, and event organisers Champions (UK) plc, other partners include: Total Motion, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Marriott, Staysure Tour, Liberty Industries Group, Maxi Low, Bentley Leicester, Lamborghini Leicester, the Lord’s Taverners and Birmingham Post.