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Home favourite Ian Woosnam will headline the field alongside defending champion Barry Lane as the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open this week returns to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club this week.

Since opening his 2013 campaign at the US Senior PGA Championship, Woosnam has enjoyed some fine performances on both the Champions Tour (tied seventh) and back in Europe by taking third spot at Sunday’s ISPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship.

Buoyed by that fine finish in Cheshire, the former world No.1 is excited to be heading back to play on home soil.

“It’s always good to play in Wales, and obviously the Wales Senior Open is a tournament I’d love to win,” said the 1991 Masters champion.

“Royal Porthcawl is a classic links course and I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of links golf, so hopefully it brings out the best in me again.

“I didn’t play as well as I can for the first three days last week but I still scored pretty well, then on the last day everything came together nicely and I put a great score together.

“So if I can carry on in that same vein, I’d be confident of having a decent week.

“A lot depends on the conditions really, because when the wind whips in off the sea at Porthcawl, it can be a very tricky test.

“But if we have weather like we had at Mottram Hall last week, there are definitely birdies to be had at Porthcawl.”

The Welshman, who has won four times on the European Senior Tour, will be joined in Bridgend by Lane, who held off competition from fellow Englishman Phillip Golding to win by a stroke at Conwy Golf Club  a year ago.

The win contributed to Lane finishing runner-up on the Senior Tour Order of Merit for the second consecutive year, and the Englishman is relishing the prospect of heading to Porthcawl to defend his title and gain some valuable experience on a course that will host the Senior Open Championship in 2014.

“Porthcawl is just one of the great links courses in the world,” said Lane.

“It will be a privilege to defend the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open there, and it will also be great to get a really good look at the course before the Senior Open next year.”

Other notable names in the field include Senior Tour debutant Jamie Spence, who won two European Tour titles at the Moroccan Open and the European Masters, former Ryder Cup captain Mark James and Paul Mayo, the former Amateur champion who called time on his 16-year spell as the club professional at Newport Golf Club last November to chase his dream of competing on the Senior Tour.

The Senior Tour’s man of the moment, Paul Wesselingh, who won the PGA Seniors Championship, will also be stalking the fairways of Porthcawl.

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