American Marco Dawson is defending the title he won last year when defeating Langer by one shot at Sunningdale in Berkshire but Dawson is this year considered one of the outsiders to win the event.
Langer has been inside the top four on six of the eight occasions he has played the Senior Open and has continued to dominate the Champions Tour in 2016 with three victories, suggesting he is again the man to beat.
After four consecutive missed cuts Miguel Angel Jimenenz produced an impressive performance at last week’s Open Championship when 18th and so against this weaker field could perform well. He has been 4th and 8th in his two starts to date in the event.
Colin Montgomerie has struggled in regular tour events in 2016 but did make the cut at last week’s Open Championship, has been 3rd and 2nd in his last two starts at the Senior Open and has played well enough on the Champions Tour this year.
Billy Andrade is a relative newcomer to the Champions Tour and played this event for the first time last year. He has been twice runner-up in events on the Champions Tour this year but has an overall shocking record at the Open Championship so links golf and he do not seem to get along. Although the second placed player on the 2016 Champions Tour Charl Schwabb table this year his record in this type of event is a concern.
Jeff Maggert finished 7th in his first appearance in the event last year and has already had major success on the Champions Tour when winning the US Senior Open and Regions Tradition events last year but he seems to be below his best at present.
Australians in the field are Peter Fowler, Mike Harwood, Peter O’Malley, Craig Parry who finished oh so close to winning the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, and qualifier Guy Wall, that group joined by New Zealander Greg Turner.
Fowler has been Australia’s most successful player on the European Senior Tour and it would not surprise if he had yet another good week. He has been four times inside the top ten at the Senior Open Championship in his last five starts.
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