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Where things stand on the Senior Tour
WHEN the English Senior Open begins at Rockliffe Hall today, the outcome of the £200,000 event could have a significant bearing on the Tour’s Order of Merit.
The battle for supremacy in the European Senior Tour heads to a new venue in County Durham when, after an absence of six years, the tournament returns to the schedule for a fifth edition.
Having previously been played in 2003, 2004, and 2006 when Carl Mason completed a hat-trick of victories, it was played for the final time in 2007 when Bill Longmuir triumphed at St Mellion.
It is the fourth Senior Tour tournament of 2013 to be played in England, following June’s ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at De Mottram Hall, July’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Birkdale and last month’s Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, at Woburn Golf Club.
The player who triumphed in the first of those events, Englishman Paul Wesselingh, currently leads the contest for the John Jacobs Trophy, holding a €11,929 advantage over Australian Peter Fowler in the Order of Merit with earnings of €173,213.
With only four events remaining on the 2013 schedule, both Wesselingh and Fowler will be targeting victory at Rockliffe to boost their chances of overall success in the season-long Order of Merit race.
The pair are among seven winners from the 2013 season in the field and are joined by Gordon Brand Jnr, Simon Brown, Philip Golding, Santiago Luna and Steen Tinning.
After missing out in France, Oldcorn will be hoping to join that group and capitalise on his fine recent run of form. The Scot heads to Rockliffe Hall on the back of four consecutive top ten finishes, including runner up in both the WINSTON golf Senior Open in Germany, when he carded a superb final round 61, and last week’s French Riviera Masters.
Oldcorn’s sole Senior Tour victory came in the North-East of England at the 2011 PGA Seniors Championship at De Vere Slaley Hall, and he will be hoping the region holds more success for him.
Former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane returns to action after missing the trip to France and he is looking to make it four top ten finishes in consecutive appearances.
And Englishman Gary Emerson, winner of the 2004 Russian Open on The European Tour, makes his Senior Tour debut after turning 50 last Thursday.
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