Seniors Tour set for Jersey return?

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A JERSEY event looks set to be returning to the European Senior Tour calendar in 2020 with the help of former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam.

Island resident Ian Woosnam is working hard with La Moye Golf Club to secure the return of the European Seniors Tour to Jersey Picture: ROB CURRIE

The Jersey Senior Open, which was cancelled in 2017 due to a lack of sponsorship, could return to the Tour schedule next year following renewed interest in the world-class event.

Former Masters winner Woosnam, who resides in the Island and plays on the Senior Tour in Europe and Champions Tour in America, confirmed that discussions and plans are ongoing behind the scenes at La Moye and that it is all-but sorted.

The 2006 Ryder Cup-winning captain revealed: ‘There is a lot of hard work going into it and we are close to bringing it back.

‘I am 90% sure there will be an event in 2020, there is a sponsor in discussion and work is going on with that.

‘So at the moment it looks like something could be coming back to the Island, which is great.’

The event, formerly on the European Tour as the Jersey Open, was won by former world number one Woosnam in 1987.

It became the Senior Open in 1996 and ran until 2010 before it was cancelled for the first time, with an absence of five years until 2016.

Some of the lead names that could come to the Island for a new event are Frenchman Thomas Levet, Scot Paul Lawrie and Ireland’s Paul McGinley.

Woosnam added: ‘It will be great to invite the seniors to the Island again, I know work is going on to involve the Island and Jersey businesses and I’ll probably be the host of the event.’

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