Golf: Miguel Angel Jiménez confirms his Senior Open debut at Royal Porthcawl

He is the oldest winner in the history of The European Tour and has just celebrated his 50th birthday, but Miguel Angel Jiménez is ready to take up a new challenge by making his debut in The Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.

The four-time Ryder Cup player will make his debut in The Senior Open Championship this summer, from July 24-27.

The Spaniard claimed his 20th European Tour win in last month’s Hong Kong Open to extend his own record as the European Tour’s oldest champion. He is also aiming to become Europe’s oldest Ryder Cup player by earning a place in Paul McGinley’s team at Gleneagles in September.

Jiménez made his last Ryder Cup appearance in 2010 at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, where he also won the Celtic Manor Wales Open in 2005. He will return to Wales when the country hosts its first Senior Major Championship, joining some of golf’s most iconic names at the South Wales links course.

“I’m looking forward to playing my first Senior Major at Royal Porthcawl,” he said. “I hear it’s a great golf course and I am really looking forward to playing there for the first time.  I was checking the Internet to see where it is. About 20 minutes from Cardiff and on the coast – perfect venue!”

To recognise Miguel’s milestone birthday, the pre-Christmas ticket offer for The 2014 Senior Open Championship, presented by Rolex, has been extended by two weeks.

That means golf fans booking before January 16 can buy a season ticket costing just £60 – a 25% saving on the gate price of £80.

One-day tickets bought before the deadline cost £20, a saving of £10 on the gate price, while Wednesday practice day tickets are also available at the reduced price of £10, a saving of £5 on the gate price. Under 16s are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult and parking is also free.

Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “Miguel Angel Jiménez is one of the most popular figures in European golf and we are delighted that he has confirmed his participation in this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl.

“It already promises to be a special week when Wales hosts its first Senior Major Championship and Miguel’s presence in the field, in a country where he has already enjoyed some memorable moments, will certainly add to the sense of occasion.”

Tickets for The 2014 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex can be bought online via or by calling +44 (0)800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.

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