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Open goes to Carton

Carton House will host the Handa Irish Senior Open in June.

The leading Senior Tour players will tackle the stunning Montgomerie Course at the Kildare venue, designed by 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie, which is one of two Championship courses at Carton House created in conjunction with European Golf Design.

They will be looking to join an illustrious roll call of former champions, including Tommy Horton, winner of the inaugural event in 1997, two-time winner Seiji Ebihara (2001 and 2002), Carl Mason (2004), victorious Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance (2005) and Costantino Rocca (2007).

Ian Woosnam, who led Europe to victory in The Ryder Cup in Ireland in 2006, returned to the Emerald Isle last year to add his name to the list.

He staged a remarkable comeback to defeat American Bob Boyd in a play-off at Ballybunion Golf Club having started the final round six shots off the pace while Spain’s Juan Quiros won on a rain-soaked afternoon at Ballyliffin in Donegal a couple of years ago holding off Des Smyth.

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