Past masters tee off at Berenberg tournament

RYDER Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam and 18-time Major and Senior Major champion Gary Player will headline an impressive field when the European Senior Tour visits South Africa for the first time for the inaugural Berenberg Bank Masters starting on March 26.

RYDER Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam and 18-time Major and Senior Major champion Gary Player will headline an impressive field when the European Senior Tour visits South Africa for the first time for the inaugural Berenberg Bank Masters starting on March 26.

The top two on the 2009 Senior Tour order of merit will be joined at The Links at Fancourt by Englishman Carl Mason, who finished third in the money list last year.

The full top 10 from last year's order of merit will feature in the ß500000 (R4,95million) event, including five-time European Tour winner Mike Harwood, who captured his first senior title in the final event of the 2009 season, the OKI Castel Senior Tour Championship, to land the rookie of the year award. In total there will be 11 winners from the 2009 season, with Glenn Ralph, Peter Mitchell, Tony Johnstone, South African pair John Bland and Bertus Smit, Mike Cunning and Delroy Cambridge joining the quartet, as well Kevin Spurgeon, who won the 2010 season- opening event in Mauritius.

They will be joined by Italy's most decorated golfer, Costantino Rocca and Tommy Horton, the most successful senior tour player of all time.

Home favourite Bland and Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open winner Smit will lead a strong South African challenge alongside Player, who designed the spectacular course in George.

Fellow South Africans Simon Hobday, a two-time European Tour champion and winner of the 1994 US Senior Open, and Hugh Baiocchi, winner of seven European Tour titles, will also tee off along with Jeff Hawkes, Gavan Levenson, Bobby Lincoln and Chris Williams.

Admission will be free. - Sapa

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