Irish golfing star Paul McGinley has confirmed his attendance at next month’s Farmfoods European Senior Masters, to be played at the scenic Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, between 19-22 October 2017.
Best known for sinking the winning ten-foot putt at the Belfry that won the 2002 Ryder Cup for Team Europe, McGinley has tasted success in the Ryder Cup four times, three as a player, with two as record margins, and one as a captain in 2014. The Dublin-born golfer is also a four-time European Tour winner and one of Ireland’s true golfing greats, joining the European Senior Tour earlier this year at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany.
McGinley said: “The Forest of Arden is a great venue for such an event and it’ll be a tough, but enjoyable test.
“The Birmingham area is a special place for me, due to our Ryder Cup win at the Belfry in 2002 and it’ll be good to come back to the region once again.”
Hosted by former Ryder Cup star Peter Baker, the Farmfoods European Senior Masters looks certain to attract the biggest and best players from the European Senior Tour, to what’ll serve as the penultimate event on this year’s schedule. It is the first tournament of its kind in the Midlands for a decade, and the Forest of Arden should provide a testing challenge for all professionals, with the winner rewarded with an impressive €50,000, as part of the total €200,000 prize fund.
Baker said: “It’s great to have Paul joining us at the Forest of Arden, in his debut season on the European Senior Tour.
“I’m looking forward to catching up with him next month at the Forest.”
As the last European Senior Tour event till the season-ending MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius in December, the Farmfoods European Senior Masters will be make-or-break for a lot of the professionals on Tour, deciding who will make it to Mauritius.
The European Senior Tour sees the likes of 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, former Ryder Cup star Jarmo Sandelin, three-time European Senior Tour winner Gary Wolstenholme MBE and Barry Lane, previous winner of the British Masters at the Forest of Arden, compete across the 15 events around the world.
David MacLaren, head of the European Senior Tour, said: “We are delighted to have Paul McGinley add the European Senior Masters to his schedule.
“His connection with the region dates back to his Ryder Cup victory in 2002, so it’ll be great to see him back competing in the Midlands again.”
Brand agency Champions (UK) plc are bringing its experience and knowhow to the organisation of the event, with the experience of successfully organising the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall for ten years.
Champions Managing Director Matthew Hayes commented: “It’s great to see one of Ireland’s golfing greats in Paul McGinley joining us for the Farmfoods European Senior Masters.