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Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Par 72/6,817 yards) Southport, England


THE SENIOR OPEN PRESENTED BY ROLEX


THE SENIOR BRITISH OPEN began in 1987 when Neil Coles won at Turnberry’s Ailsa Course, the site of seven Senior British Opens. This makes the championship the new kid on the block when compared with the British Open, which began in 1860, the British Amateur (1885) and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur (1893). Still, the championship has produced a lot of history in its short run. World Golf Hall of Fame members like Gary Player, Sir Bob Charles and Tom Watson have their names engraved on the championship trophy—in Player’s and Watson’s case three times (all three also won the British Open as well). Until Watson broke through with his first victory in 2003, international players dominated the championship. Tom Wargo’s victory in 1994 was the first by an American and the only one until Watson in 2003. The Yanks came away with the trophy last year thanks to Fred Couples, who edged Gary Hallberg with consecutive birdies on the closing holes Sunday to shoot a 67 for a 9-under-par total of 271 at the Ailsa Course at Turnberry. “I’ve never won an Open Championship, so this is the next best thing,” said Couples. “And I believe I now get into the (British) Open at Muirfield next year (2013), which is


CHARITY LINK


Fred Couples won the 2012 Senior British Open and thereby earned a spot in the field for the 2013 British Open.


Each year, The R&A distributes roughly five million pounds to deserving causes from grassroots initiatives, through coaching and regional championships, and to professional tours all over the world. In addition, it provides advice on sustainable golf course management, along with the distribution of new green- keeping equipment to golf courses in developing golfing nations. In recent years, efforts have been focused on financing golf development in countries where the game is a relatively new sport, while assisting local projects like the Paul Lawrie Foundation in Aberdeen, Scotland.


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