The Legends Tour, the professional tour for the over-50s, has launched a new competition that will see celebrities drawn from the world of sport and screen compete in a series of qualifying events to try and win a place in the grand final.
There will be four Celebrity Series qualifying events in 2021, taking place in the days prior to tournaments on the Legends Tour schedule, culminating in the Celebrity Series Grand Final in the Indian Ocean.
Harry Redknapp, Georgie Bingham, Glen Johnson, Tony McCoy and Dan Walker have signed up to be ambassadors for the tournament.
The Celebrity Series events will take place prior to the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at Formby Golf Club on July 28, the Irish Legends presented by the McGinley Foundation at Rosapenna Golf Club on August 19, the Senior Scottish Open hosted by Paul Lawrie at Royal Aberdeen on September 9, and at an additional European venue to be announced.
The series finale will take place in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year, where the five ambassadors will be joined by the five highest-ranked celebrities on the Order of Merit.
Dan Walker, journalist and TV presenter, said: “I love golf and when the opportunity to compete in the Legends Tour Celebrity Series arose, I knew I had to go for it. I have been fortunate enough to play alongside some of the world’s best players in Pro-Ams over the years but this is something really special. I grew up watching the likes of Woosie win the Masters and so many Legends Tour players competing in Ryder Cups and I am delighted to now have the chance to spend some time with them in the Legends Tour Celebrity Series.”
Ryan Howsam, CEO of the Legends Tour, said: “When I took over as CEO of the Legends Tour, launching a Celebrity Pro-Am Series was something I was really eager to do and therefore today is a very proud day. Bringing together the Legends of golf with some of the biggest celebrity names is a winning combination and I’m excited to see these guys tee it up throughout the year. I have admired all five ambassadors for a number of years as they have excelled in their respective fields and it is wonderful to welcome them to the Legends Tour.”