Carnoustie Ready for 2016 Senior Open Championship

Jean Van de Velde returns to Carnoustie after his infamous 1999 Open Championship final hole meltdown

Carnoustie in Angus, Scotland hosts the 2016 Senior Open Championship where some of the game's legends will descend onto the famous links

Carnoustie Ready for 2016 Senior Open Championship

The 2016 Senior Open is less than three weeks away and, as always, its star-studded line up promises an entertaining week.

Having recently turned 50, John Daly will be making his highly anticipated Senior Open debut at the links this July, alongside fellow Senior Open rookie, Jean Van de Velde.

It has been 17 years since the Frenchman rolled up his trousers and waded into the Barry Burn during The Open for one of the most dramatic meltdowns not just in golf but in sport, and this year he’s aiming to set the record straight.

2016 Senior Open Championship

Colin Montgomerie is also in the field as he seeks his fourth Senior Major Championship.

Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson will be returning to the course, each hoping to add the title of 2016 Senior Open Champion to their list of historic wins at Carnoustie.

Langer won the Senior Open back in 2010 when it was first held at Carnoustie Golf Links and will be hoping to repeat his success this year.

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Langer with the trophy at Carnoustie in 2010. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Watson, who has won five Open Championships, won his first major at the 1975 Open at Carnoustie. He's also tied with Jack Nicklaus on three Senior Open titles.

“With a star-studded line-up of golfing royalty, the 2016 Senior Open Championship promises to be full of drama and suspense,” commented Graeme Duncan, General Manager of the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee.

“Carnoustie is renowned as one of the toughest courses in the world, and the course always provides a crucible for exciting finishes down the final stretch. It’s a unique opportunity for spectators to see some first-rate golf and get close to some of the greatest players the golfing world has known,” continued Graeme.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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