Contractors on site ready for Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Southport

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Contractors on site gearing up for Open Championship at Royal Birkdale  Southport

Contractors to Rolex are on site at Royal Birkdale Colf Club for the 2013 Senior Open Golf Championships.

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They arrived early this morning (Wednesday 10th July) and already you can see a transformation.

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Marquees are being put up, mobile offices, toilets etc are also on site.

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BT Openreach are on site connecting the telephone systems in.

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The place will be a  hive of activity over the comming weeks.

Royal Birkdale will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex when it stages the 27th edition of this prestigious event in on 25th – 28th August.

Golfers Get Ready

Sefton is gearing up for some golfing greats to grace the borough as The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, takes place at Royal Birkdale Golf Course.

More than £7m is expected to boost the local Sefton economy and an estimated crowd of 40,000 people is forecast at the famous golf course during the prestigious event which runs from July 25-28.   Combining accommodation bookings, food and drink, leisure facilities and transport links, millions of pounds will be spent in the local economy in the run up to and during the tournament.

The influx of more than 330 players expected to take part in the Monday qualifying event, held at Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, and 144 competitors taking part in the 72-hole Championship, will provide a further financial injection.

And after reaching his half century on June 23, Colin Montgomerie is looking ahead to making his debut in The Senior Open Championship.   The man affectionately known as ‘Monty’ captured 31 European Tour titles and won the Harry Vardon Trophy a record eight times, but after turning 50 his thoughts have now turned to writing a new chapter as a member of the Senior Tour, starting with next month’s showpiece event at Royal Birkdale.

Montgomerie, whose name has become synonymous with The Ryder Cup after enjoying tremendous success as both player and captain, will be reunited with many familiar faces when he joins the over-50 ranks, including his great European comrades Bernhard Langer, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam; defending champion Fred Couples and 2014 US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

The 2010 victorious Ryder Cup captain said: “Freddie Couples won at Turnberry last year and now we return to another venue on The Open rota in Royal Birkdale. It’s great that The R&A, along with the European Senior Tour, have decided to go on some of our great links courses, and I look forward to playing at Birkdale. I’ve played there in three Opens in 1991, 1998 and 2008 when Pádraig Harrington won.

“So I’ve played three Opens there, not obviously a Senior Open Championship but it’s something I am really looking forward to. I think Rolex is a great presenting sponsor of the Senior Open, and I look forward to playing their Pro-Am on the Tuesday, and the gala dinner afterwards and competing from Thursday through Sunday. And not just competing, but contending. I would love to try to contend.

“I’m under no illusion as to how good the standard is. My good friend Bernhard Langer is dominating Senior golf right now, and all credit to him, especially as he coming up to 56 years of age in August. Then of course there’s Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman – I could go on and on. There’s a great set of players, and they will take a bit of beating.

“But if I can come in and challenge them, I think they will enjoy that, and so will I, and hopefully all of the spectators will too. It’s about time I won a Major Championship, so let’s hope that one might just be in the offing. But if not, I will still love the competition of it.”   Golf fans hoping to see Montgomerie, Couples, Watson, Langer, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman and many more of the game’s all-time greats in 2013 can take advantage of a special advance ticket offer to reserve their place at The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, from July 25-28.

Season tickets bought before June 30 can now be purchased for just £70 – a significant saving of £10 on the gate price.   One day tickets purchased before June 30 cost £25, a saving of £5 on the gate price, while practice day tickets are also available at the reduced price of £12, a saving of £3 on the gate price. Under 16s are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult and parking is also free.   Tickets can be bought online via the Senior Open Golf website or by calling 0800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.

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Royal Birkdale, which last hosted The Open Championship in 2008 when Padraig Harrington claimed his second consecutive Claret Jug, will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship. It will be only the second venue in the north west of England to host the Championship, following Royal Lytham & St Annes (1991-1994).

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