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Gleneagles to host Senior Open in 2022

9.51am 30th October 2020 - Course Development

Gleneagles will host The Senior Open Presented by Rolex for the first time when the iconic 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 21–24, 2022, a year after Sunningdale Golf Club welcomes the Championship’s return after its cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Senior Open Presented by Rolex will celebrate its 35th anniversary when the action tees off in July 2022. The Championship was first played in 1987 at Turnberry where Neil Coles became the maiden winner of Europe’s only senior Major. The last time The Senior Open visited Scotland was in 2018 as Miguel Ángel Jiménez secured a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Bernhard Langer won the The Senior Open Presented by Rolex in 2019

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said: “This is another great ‘first’ in the history of The Senior Open and we could not be more thrilled to be staging the championship on The King’s Course at Gleneagles. With such a strong pedigree in hosting championships, The King’s is a fine test of golf and we know the players will relish the opportunity to play there.

“Adding another renowned venue to the roster is a clear indication of the continuing development of The Senior Open and I’m sure there will be a real sense of anticipation among the players and fans for our first visit to Gleneagles in two years’ time.”

Mark Aspland, Head of the Legends Tour, said: “Gleneagles has an enviable legacy of hosting world-class events, including the Solheim Cup in September 2019, and we are excited to bring The Senior Open Presented by Rolex to Perthshire in 2022. The Senior Open offers us the unique opportunity of visiting both traditional Open venues and other world-class courses in the UK and The King’s Course will be no exception.”

Conor O’Leary, Managing Director at Gleneagles, commented: “We are proud of the legacy we have created from hosting both The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup, and we look forward to welcoming The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, and some of the world’s great players to compete on The King’s Course, a James Braid classic, which celebrated its centenary year in 2019.”

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