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Ian Woosnam to headline Wales Senior Open

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam will headline this year's Wales Senior Open in Newport.

The event takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort on May 29-31.

Woosnam, a winner of five Senior Tour and 29 European Tour titles, will be joined in the city by a host of fellow former Ryder Cup players and the winners of more than 750 tournaments worldwide.

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam says he is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans. Credit: European Tour Communications

It's great for the Senior Tour and also for Wales that the Wales Senior Open is back on the schedule. Obviously I’d love to add the tournament to my list of wins, so I’ll be trying my best to get my hands on the trophy at Celtic Manor this year.

It’s always nice to play in front of your home fans, so hopefully we’ll get a big crowd to come out and support us all, just like we had at Porthcawl for the Senior Open last year.

– Ian Woosnam

Donaldson focusing on job in hand ahead of Ryder Cup

Jamie Donaldson says he is focusing on not getting carried away with the occasion as he prepares for his debut in the Ryder Cup this weekend.

Donaldson is the first Welshman since Philip Price in 2002 to make it into the European Team. Their opponents the USA have arrived at Gleneagles ahead of the Friday's opening rounds. Donaldson says he is just trying to to concentrate on the job in hand.


Celebrity golf gets ready to tee off in Newport

Today sees the start of the Celebrity Cup golf competition at the Celtic Manor.

Former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher will be putting the celebrities through their paces in skills challenges which will also include special guest star, Jesse Metcalfe, of Desperate Housewives and Dallas fame.

The four captains hoping to lead their respective teams to victory are Rob Brydon (Wales), Mike Tindall (England), Keith Duffy (Ireland) and Gavin Hastings (Scotland).

Last year the event raised £65,000.

Rob Brydon taking on his teammates in last year's event

The action begins with a practice round today before the competition proper tees off with the first round robin matches over nine holes on Saturday morning.

Further matches take place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning before the winners and team standings are decided in the final matches on Sunday afternoon.

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Wales Open juniors tee off first

In four weeks time we will once again welcome some of the world's best golfers to the Wales for the Wales Open.

Before that though, some of our best juniors have been in action in their version of the competition. The Junior Wales Open brings together players from all across the country to battle it out at the Celtic Manor.

Donaldson finishes 9 over at Open

Jamie Donaldson in action earlier Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Bridgend's Jamie Donaldson suffered a disappointing last day at The Open, dropping six shots to finish nine over par for the tournament. The Welshman began the day at Muirfield three over and in touch with the leaders, but struggled to recover from a triple bogey on the fourth hole.


Donaldson six shots off lead at Open

Jamie Donaldson in action at Muirfield Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Bridgend's Jamie Donaldson is well poised going into the final day of The Open after shooting a level par 71 on Day 3 at Muirfield. Donaldson followed up rounds of 74 and 71 to finish three over. Tiger Woods and England's Lee Westwood were tied for the lead at the mid-way point of their rounds.

Welsh celebrities turn out for Golf Live charity event

Rob Brydon will be among the celebrities taking part in a charity golf event Credit: PA

Some of Wales' most famous faces will be taking to the golf course this weekend - all in the name of charity.

Among those taking part in a round-robin tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort will be comedian Rob Brydon and TV presenter Gethin Jones.

Gethin Jones will also be present at the charity event Credit: PA

They will be competing for in the Celebrity Cup, part of Golf Live, which gives the public the chance to watch golf shows starring top players and coaches.

The event aims to raise money for the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, which supports those affected by cancer.

Among the sporting stars at Golf Live will be Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie and fellow European Tour stars Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen, coach Simon Holmes, professional long driving champion Joe Miller and trick shot artist Paul Barrington.

Presenters Ant and Dec will also be making an appearenced on Saturday, competing in skills challenges with Montgomerie.

Hole-in-one for Donaldson at Masters

Jamie Donaldson Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Pontypridd-born Jamie Donaldson hit a hole-in-in on the sixth hole on his debut in the Masters tournament in Augusta.

The feat - the first since 2004 and only the fifth on the 180-yard hole in Masters history - took the 37 year old from one over par to one under.

Donaldson wins in Abu Dhabi

Welshman Jamie Donaldson has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by a single stroke from Englishman Justin Rose.

37-year-old Donaldson's only previous European Tour success came on his 255th start at the Irish Open last July.

He secured the £278,172 first prize when long-time leader Justin Rose lipped out on the final green from 12 feet.

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