Colin Montgomerie will hope to continue his impressive record over the Duke’s Course at Woburn Golf Club after confirming that he will make his debut in the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, from August 30 – September 1.
The Scot, who turned 50 last month, made his first appearance on the European Senior Tour in last week’s US Senior Open Championship, and will play in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Birkdale from July 25-28.
He will then return to Woburn Golf Club to take his place in the field for the 13th edition of the £300,000 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, over the Duke’s Course where he has an impressive record.
The 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain was runner-up and third on his last two appearances over the Duke’s Course, in the 1999 and 2000 Victor Chandler British Masters respectively.
He was also third on the Duke’s Course in the Dunhill British Masters in 1994 and tenth in 1993, and he will now look to extend that record by attempting to become the second Ryder Cup Captain after Mark James (2005) to win the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to Woburn at the end of August for one of the biggest events on the European Senior Tour schedule,” he said.
“Woburn is a wonderful venue and one that I have always enjoyed playing, so it will be great to go back and hopefully I will have a great week.”
His Grace, the Duke of Bedford, owner of Woburn Golf Club, said: “We look forward to welcoming the European Senior Tour back to Woburn for the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters. It is great news that Colin Montgomerie will be playing in what will undoubtedly be a very exciting tournament with several other Senior Tour rookies also in the field.”
Last year’s tournament attracted record crowds of nearly 23,000 people to the Duke’s Course, as Irishman Des Smyth held off the challenge of 2011 Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler and James to win the title for a second time in three years.