Legends Tour winner Chris Williams is the latest high-profile player to confirm his place in the Welcome to Yorkshire Ian Woosnam Senior Invitational at Ilkley Golf Club.
Following the successful inaugural event last year, the tournament returns to West Yorkshire in September with 1991 Masters champion Woosnam once again hosting what he expects to be a much stronger field.
This year’s extended format will also give more amateur golfers the chance to play with some of the best senior golfers in the world. In addition to the Pro-Am on Thursday September 16, where teams of three amateurs will play with a professional, two amateurs will join two professionals the following day in a fun filled format of two from four to count.
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South African Williams fought off the challenge of Major Champions and former Ryder Cup stars to secure a three-stroke victory at the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship at Trevose Golf & Country Club last week.
The 62-year-old’s victory on the Cornish coastline was his first in Europe in a career spanning over 40 years and he therefore rates it at his most impressive triumph.
Former Ryder Cup captain and Ilkley member Mark James will also line up again in the field which will include a number of players making their debuts including former European Tour winners David Lynn and Simon Khan.
Woosnam saw the Ilkley course for the first-time last year and was impressed. He said: “Ilkley rates as one of the best courses I have played, and I can’t wait to go back there. Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the world and I have fond memories of playing European Tour events there at courses like Moortown, Sand Moor and Bingley St Ives.
“But it was at Fulford where it really all started for me. I finished runner up to Greg Norman in the Benson & Hedges in 1982 making eight consecutive and losing by a shot. That made me realise I could compete with the best and I went out the very next week and won the Swiss Open. “