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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship 2004 host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland, Senior British Open Championship host - one of the best links golf courses in the world.

Senior British Open Championship

In 2004, Royal Portrush Golf Club last hosted the Senior British Open Championship (also known as the 'British Seniors Open') from 22nd-25th July 2004. The Senior British Open Championship was previously played at Royal Portrush in the five years between 1995 & 1999.

2004 Senior British Open Review

The 2004 Championship at Royal Portrush was won by Pete Oakley who produced the biggest upset victory in the history of the Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard when he triumphed by one stroke. The little known American held off an elite entourage of players that included American Tom Kite, Argentina’s Eduardo Romero and Englishman Mark James to become the first qualifier to take the coveted title in the 18-year history of the event.

History of the Senior British Open Championship

Since the inaugural Championship in 1987, the British Seniors Open has become firmly established on the seniors world golfing calendar with its popular blend of fierce competition, relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie.

The Senior British Open Championship is now sanctioned by the US PGA Tour and is not only an official event on both the Champions Tour (US Seniors Tour) and European Seniors Tour, but it is also recognised as one of the five seniors ‘Majors’ – the others are the Senior PGA Championship, US Senior Open, Players Championship and the Tradition.

The past winners of the Senior British Open held at Royal Portrush are as follows;

  • 1999 - Christy O'Connor Jnr
  • 1998 - Brian Huggett
  • 1997 - Gary Player
  • 1996 - Brian Barnes
  • 1995 - Brian Barnes

The tournament was covered live by Sky Sports, ABC/TNT and The Golf Channel.

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