The Championship returns to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club between
Thursday July 27 and Sunday, July 30, 2017 (Practice Day, July 26).

The event returns to the Bridgend links for only the second time, following
the success of 2014 when Germany's Bernhard Langer dominated the field.

Reigning champion Paul Broadhurst defends his title, following
last year's career defining performance at Carnoustie.

Paul Broadhurst: The defending champion seeking back-to-back wins

Broadhurst defied the odds at the last Senior Open Championship in Scotland to win the tournament at his first attempt.

The Englishman overcame a four-shot deficit in the last round to take the title at Carnoustie in 2016, and will look to retain his crown this year in Wales.

He arrives at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club as one of the favourites.

But it has been an up and down career for the the 51-year-old from Walsall.

It began in whirlwind fashion - victory in the Cannes Open, a record 63 in the 1990 Open Championship and a stellar performance at the 1991 Ryder Cup, before injuries took their toll.

However a career-defining performance at the Senior Open Championship in 2016 marks a new era for Broadhurst, who will look to challenge once again in the 2017 Championship in Wales.

How he came from behind to win last year’s championship in Carnoustie

It had begun underwhelmingly for Broadhurst, who signed for an opening 75 - three over par.

But something soon clicked for the Englishman, who followed up with outstanding rounds of 66, 68 and 68 to charge through the world-class field.

Colourful Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez, would lead the field going into the final round - four shots ahead of Broadhurst.

But nerve, guts and steel drove the Englishman to effect a seven-stroke turnaround which relegated the Spaniard to a share of third place.


These are the six favourites to take this year’s title

Bernhard Langer

Germany, Age 59

He destroyed a world-class field the last time Porthcawl staged the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex.
Colin Montgomerie finished runner-up a staggering 13 shots behind.
It was a record for the Championship and underlined his steely competitiveness as he nears his 60th birthday.

Colin Montgomerie

Scotland, Age 53

The famous Scot never quite managed to seal a Major championship on the regular tour, but has three Senior Majors since turning 50.
The only glaring omission to date is a Senior Open title, which he came closest to winning at Sunningdale in 2015.

Ian Woosnam

Wales, Age 59

Woosie remains a legend in Wales - more than 25 years after his victory in the Masters at Augusta National in 1991.
He rose to World number one and captained Europe to a record-equalling Ryder Cup success in 2006 and will soon be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Tom Watson

United States, Age 67

The most successful links exponent in the field, Watson still possesses the grace and elegance to tease good scores from Royal Porthcawl.
Winner of The Open five times in his glorious career, the man from Kansas followed up with three Senior Open titles, and has the game to handle any links course.

Miguel Angel Jiménez

Spain, Age 53

Winner of 21 European Tour titles, the man from Malaga - sporting a ponytail and a cigar clamped between his lips - is one of the game’s great personalities.
Since turning 50, he has won on the PGA Tour Champions in the USA in each of the last three seasons, and was the 54-hole leader in the Senior Open last year.

Fred Couples

United States, Age 57

The laid-back American is loved by fans for his easy-going attitude and relaxed swing.
Couples has the whole package, as he proved in the recent Masters at Augusta when, at the age of 57, he finished tied for 18th. He won the Senior Open at Turnberry in 2012 and a live contender again this time around.


Six seniors who could spring a surprise win

John Daly

United States, Age 51

Daly showed there is life in the old dog yet when he won on the PGA Tour Champions in May - ending a 13-year drought.
One of the game’s longest hitters, ‘Wild Thing’ captured the US PGA title as an unknown in 1991 and followed up by winning The Open at St Andrews four years later.

Paul McGinley

Ireland, Age 50

New on the Senior Tour, this is one competitive Irishman - as he proved in holing the winning putt in the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry.
As cool on the Sky Sports cameras as an analyst as he is on the golf course, McGinley could still be a threat to the best at Royal Porthcawl.

José Maria Olazábal

Spain, Age 51

He was mentored by the late, great Seve Ballesteros, and is now fit to do himself justice at Royal Porthcawl following illness last year.
Olazábal captained Europe to that unforgettable ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012.
Winner of two Green Jackets, ‘Olly’ has the flair to thrill the crowds this summer.

Steve Stricker

United States, Age 50

Stricker never managed to get his hands on a Major title - but this rookie Senior Open contender could now make amends.
Not many hit the ball as straight and true as Stricker, who can be a demon putter on his day too. He has the scope to achieve great things over the next few years.

Phillip Price

Wales, Age 50

Victory for the hometown lad would go down a storm in Wales.
Price has enjoyed an outstanding career - in 2002 he beat Phil Mickelson in the singles to inspire Europe’s Ryder Cup victory.
Thanks to regular practice at Royal Porthcawl, Price has been relishing this challenge since turning 50 last October.

Tom Lehman

United States, Age 58

The 1996 Open Champion is one true competitor.
His US team was outplayed by Woosnam’s winners in the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland, but Lehman has always been hard to beat under the cosh.
The American won Senior titles in Europe and his home Tour in America, including the US Senior PGA Championship.

The last Senior Open in Porthcawl was a record-breaker. And it can happen again

It was the year more than 43,000 people watched Bernhard Langer breeze to a Senior Open win - a staggering 13 shots ahead of his nearest competitor.

At the 2014 Senior Open in Royal Porthcawl, an outstanding performance from the German saw a number of records fall his way.

He set the record for a winning margin in a Senior Open and his winning total - an 18-under-par 266 - was the lowest in the competition’s history.

And now the 59-year-old German is raring to go again and rediscover that incredible form.

“I haven’t lost the desire,” he told the European Tour website.

“I can’t speak for my colleagues, but the guys who are still competing at our age have that fire in their belly.

“They are true champions. They like to win, otherwise they wouldn’t still be here competing.”

How it happened last time in Porthcawl

Langer’s closing four-under-par round of 67 left him well clear of runner-up Montgomerie - ending the Scot’s dream of winning a clean sweep of senior majors.

Monty’s final day started with two bogeys on the first three holes, and despite a plucky battle back to level par, Langer accelerated out of sight with a 32 on his final front nine.

His only dip would be a bogey on the par-four 11th - but this was made up with a birdie on the par-three 12th.

It soon became clear that there was no catching Langer - and Montgomerie’s focus was winning the ‘other’ tournament.

Montgomerie managed to claim second place assisted by two closing birdies.


“It's all you want on a golf course. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. In my opinion, it would make a great Open Championship golf course.”

Tom Watson, Five-time Open winner

“This course is definitely good enough for an Open, It's spectacular when the wind blows. You can see the ocean, beach, the hills.”

Bernhard Langer, 2014 Senior Open champion

“This is a fine, fine golf course.”

Colin Montgomerie, Eight European Tour Order-of-Merit titles

“It is right up there with the best courses I’ve played over here. It’s absolutely spectacular.”

Fred Couples, US Masters champion

“It is a true test. I like it. I love it.”

John Cook, 11 PGA Tour titles

Royal Porthcawl was founded in 1891, and had Royal status conferred on it by King Edward VII in 1909.

The century since then has seen the links course earn the reputation as one of the UK's finest, and has witnessed some scintillating golf.

The 1965 Amateur Championship produced one of the tournament’s great finishes.

Legendary Sir Michael Bonallack was down after eight holes to Clive Clark.

A sign of his changing fortune, he put sixpence into a fruit machine before the afternoon round on his lunch break - and won the jackpot.

What followed on the course was some extraordinary resolve, as Bonallack clawed the deficit back to win 2&1.

The 1988 championship produced another superb final - Christian Hardin of Sweden left it late to finally get the better of South African Ben Fouchee at the 36th hole.

The same year saw captain of the R&A Bill Campbell play - 37 years on from the opening 1951 event - an accomplishment yet to be repeated.

During the inaugural Coral Welsh Classic in 1980, Sandy Lyle carded a course record 67 in the third round, followed by a brilliant final round of 69 to win the event.

And in 1982, the Classic was played for a final time under eventful circumstances.

A terrifying thunderstorm saw lightning strike the clubhouse and press tent.

The golf was as eventful, with Carl Mason gallantly trying to win from the front, only to be overtaken by Gordon Brand Jnr, who eventually won by three, with Mason finishing third.

Tiger’s miserable round: How Porthcawl can outwit even the best

When the links hosted the 1995 Walker Cup, no one could have predicted that one teenager playing for team USA would be destined to become the most successful golfer of the modern era.

A then 19-year-old Tiger Woods was part of Downing Gray's amateur side hoping to retain the Walker Cup - but for Woods, it would become a tournament to forget.

Food poisoning, he claimed, forced him to miss the official practice day.

"He was pretty rough and I gave him a Trebor mint to help his stomach and I remember Tiger thinking it was a giant aspirin," said Woods' then caddy Nathan Griffiths.

"It may have helped his stomach cramps, but he certainly wasn't at his best playing the tournament."

Heavy rain made things harder for the Californian, who was used to pristine courses bathed in sunshine on the West Coast.

Tiger eventually won two points out of a possible four, losing his Saturday afternoon singles to Gary Wolstenholme, from England.

The young American was out-driving Wolstenholme by almost 100 yards off every tee, but despite his superior range, Woods was wayward in the extreme.

He put the ball out of bounds three times in the match, while his composed English opponent was steadily plotting his way around the course.

It made for a nip and tuck round, as Wolstenholme later recalls in his autobiography.

"I had never seen anybody hit a ball like that and it was fantastic to watch," he said.

"He had a glorious short game. He could putt and he could chip. It was a good job really because he was so wayward at times."

All-square heading down the 18th, Woods was off-target once more and pulled his approach out of bounds.

Wolstenholme only had to make par to take the match - which he duly did.

While Tiger rediscovered some form the following day to beat Wolstenholme 4&3, it wasn't enough, and Clive Brown's men went on to take the Walker Cup, 14-10.


Eat and drink at these seaside venue near the venue

1. Beales
You’ll be by the seaside, so why not grab a bag of fish and chips. Every local will have their own favourite, but Beales on 2-3 Eastern Promenade tends to have the longest queue - and for good reason. The portions are generous and the quality is top notch.

2. Finnegans
Just around the corner from Beale’s on New Road is another well-rated chippy with lots of brilliant reviews on TripAdvior.
Good portions and piping hot food make it good value for money - especially if you want something fast and filling.

3. Pietro’s
Another seaside staple is ice cream, and this gelato parlour on 32 The Esplanade does it brilliantly. It serves tasty sundaes that are perfect for sitting outside and enjoying if the weather is nice. The little Italian cafe also serves tea and coffee.

4. Piccolo Bar
Right on the seafront, this windowed cafe is a fine spot to sit down with a coffee and enjoy the sea view from inside the glass - and away from the elements.

5. Waterfront Pub
When the sun is shining, grab a pint, pull up a seat on the terrace, sit back and lose a few hours people watching.
A fabulous spot, on 27-29 The Esplanade, to enjoy the sun (if it’s out) and a bit of pub grub if the mood takes you.

6. Cosy Corner Lounge
When night draws in, head for a bespoke G&T at this cool bar - one of the best rated in town on TripAdvisor.
The restaurant and cocktail joint on 33 The Esplanade is winning rave reviews for dishes like Welsh lamb, rib-eye steaks and fish.
They also do a good breakfast and Sunday lunch.

7. Jennings Building
The historic building, which has been around for nearly two centuries, is in the final stages of renovation and recently saw a cafe, Coffee Co, open to rave reviews on social media, with a new pizzeria, Double Zero Pizza, due to open in July.

8. Jaipur
If you’re in the mood for a curry, there’s only one option - but fortunately it’s a good one.
Jaipur on 34 The Esplanade has brilliant service and the traditional Indian menu you’ll may be craving following a day on the links.

9. Isabella’s Brasserie
Spanish tapas, or a traditional Mediterranean feast - the choice is yours at this bar and restaurant that does things the continental way. Lovers of seafood in particular will love the menu.

10. Woodyz Pizza
There really is only one way pizza should be cooked - and that’s the traditional way in a wood-fired clay oven.
Woodyz on Station Hill cooks theirs using this method to perfection.

Things to do in Porthcawl when the golf finishes

1. Walk the Wales Coastal Path
Head east or west along the rocky coastline for a wonderful walk.It's three miles from the prom to Sker Point - over grassy Locks Common, through surfers' favourite Rest Bay and along a wooden boardwalk to Pink Bay, named after the glow of pebbles sloping down to the sea. Sker Point is the town’s most westerly sands and at low tide you can see a memorial to the crew of the SS Santampa and Mumbles Lifeboat at Sker Point.

2. Spend an afternoon at the beach
From sandy to rocky, and bustling to remote, there are seven very different beaches to explore.Busier Coney Beach has donkey rides for children and is in front of the fairground, whereas surfers and locals tend to head for the golden sands of Rest Bay, which has been awarded Blue Flag status. At Newton Beach, you'll see powerboats and jet skis, and its long sands are a popular place for dog walkers and horse riders.
There's also Trecco Bay, Sker beach, Pink Bay and the seafront beach, known locally as "the Tarmac".

3. Take a surfing or paddle board lesson
A two-hour lesson including equipment with Porthcawl Surf School at Rest Bay starts from £30 per person. You can also have a go at trickier stand-up paddle boarding in the calmer waters of Coney Beach and Newton Bay.

4. Take a #benchselfie
Yes, Porthcawl is home to the world’s first selfie bench.
At least that’s what the council claimed to bemused locals, when they installed two seafront benches with great views of… the road. Don’t forget to hashtag your pictures on Instagram with #selfiebench.

5. Walk the pier
You'll recognise this iconic landmark from the national newspaper front pages. Photographers flock to Porthcawl to capture spectacular pictures of the waves breaking whenever there's a storm. On a calmer day, take a walk right to the end, where it's likely you'll find some fishermen.

6. Sink a pint on a village green
If it's a sunny day, spread out on one of the town's village greens. Nottage, easily walked from town, is surrounded by three historic village pubs, the Rose and Crown , the Swan Inn and the Farmers Arms . All serve food. While at Newton Green, you'll find a children's playground with an historic well that's said to be "magical".

7. Explore the coast on a fat bike
An upgraded seafront cycle route opened for 2017.
A shared cycle path now runs all the way from Rest Bay to Sandy Bay. But you can also go off-road on a fat bike. It has oversized tyres to make it easier to ride on soft, unstable terrain like sand and mud. It's a great way to explore the coastline. Porthcawl Bike Hire offers £20 for half-day hire or £55 for a half day tour.

8. Visit one of Wales' best wildlife habitats
See a wide variety of rare and endangered species of plants and animals at Kenfig Nature Reserve - including rare orchids, golden plovers and tufted ducks. There are bird hides, a large natural pool and a visitor centre.

Places to stay just 20 minutes from the venue

1. Olivia House
Olivia House is a stylish and exclusive boutique-style B&B, and the only VW-Gold-rated accommodation in Porthcawl. It's located only 50 metres from the seafront with many bars, restaurants and within walking distance from Royal Porthcawl golf club.

2. The Atlantic Hotel
A five-minute drive to the course. It is conveniently situated on the sea front within a few minutes walk of the town centre and the picturesque harbour. It has three large dining areas to cater for a large variety of menus and runs live music nights.

3. The Porthcawl Hotel.
A seven-minute drive to the course. The town centre venue has a health club, a nightclub, a sports bar and diner and a restaurant. It has been described as a lively budget choice.

4. Bayside Guest House.
An 11-minute drive to the course. It is ideally situated 45 metres from the beach in Porthcawl, next to the Hi-tide complex and the amusement park. The house offers comfortable guest bedrooms which include single, double, triple and twin rooms, with facilities including flat screen digital TVs.

5. Fairways Hotel.
A five-minute drive from the course. The family run business on the Porthcawl seafront couples the luxury of a prestigious hotel with up-to-date facilities. There is a comprehensive menu in the quality restaurant and a relaxing bar.

6. Rose and Crown.
A six-minute drive from the course. This classic high-quality inn in nearby Nottage serves a wide selection of cask ales, premium drinks, high-quality food in informal surroundings.
The guest bedrooms make the venue a perfect base for visiting the area.

7. Hillcroft
A 12-minute drive from the course. The Ogmore-by-Sea self catering cottage is close to the Wales National Coast Path and enjoys commanding views over Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve and beyond to Ogmore beach, a walkers’ haven. It has two bedrooms and a small enclosed courtyard with a patio and furniture.
020 3320 26098.

8. Best Western Heronston Hotel and Spa
An 18-minute drive from the course. Set in a semi-rural setting on the outskirts of Bridgend and 10 minutes from Porthcawl, it sits in mature gardens and guests have free use of the leisure suite, which includes a heated indoor pool, sauna, spa pool and steam room.
The Heronston also boasts a fully-equipped gym and two restaurants.

9. Green Acre Motel
A 12-minute drive from the course. With a traditional restaurant and cosy bar, the Green Acre Motel in North Cornelly offers free parking and is 10 minutes away from Porthcawl. The restaurant serves British cuisine and traditional Sunday lunches, and the lounge bar offers comfortable seating.

10. Court Colman Manor
A 19-minute drive from the course. The venue at Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, is a relaxed and friendly Grade Two-listed Georgian manor with an award-winning Indian restaurant and six acres of gardens. It has free parking and wi-fi, and 10 themed bedrooms.

11. Ballas Farm Country Guest House
A 12-minute drive from the course. The Bridgend accommodation boasts a terrace and views of the garden.
Free WiFi and parking are available and some of the rooms have a relaxing seating area. A terrace or patio are features of certain rooms.