02. Oct 2017


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  • Shipco Masters

Eight-time European Tour Number One Colin Montgomerie will join home favourite Steen Tinning at the Shipco Masters promoted by Simon’s Golf next year, from June 1-3.

Tinning, a two-time winner on both the European Tour and European Senior Tour, is relishing the opportunity to compete on home-soil in 2018.

Arne Simonsen, owner of Simon’s Golf Club, host venue of the Shipco Masters, is determined to make next year’s event a memorable one as Denmark celebrates perhaps the most important year in its golfing history.

“Golf is the centre of the sports world in Denmark,” said Tinning. “There’s so much going on in golf these days. It’s good that we have tournaments on the European Tour and Challenge Tour, and with Thomas Bjørn being Ryder Cup Captain and this event coming on our schedule, it’s huge for this country.

“It’ll be great to play so close to home. The venue is close to Copenhagen, so we will get a good crowd and there will be lots of people coming from neighbouring golf clubs.

“Arne will do lots of interesting things, which will get even more people to come out and support the tournament. The Senior Tour hasn’t been in Denmark for a few years, so I think it’s great that we’re going back. Arne will be a great host.”

Montgomerie joins fellow former Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam in the 54-person field, which will also include Dame Laura Davies. The 12-time Solheim Cup player will be the first woman to compete in a European Tour-approved strokeplay event.

Simon’s Golf Club hosted the Nordic Open in 2003 when Montgomerie finished second, one stroke behind Ian Poulter. The Scotsman then returned in 2007 to open a nine-hole extension of the course. The Shipco Masters will be played on a composite course incorporating holes from each of the three loops of nine on site.

“I am very much looking forward to returning to Denmark next year,” said Montgomerie. “I have won in neighbouring countries Sweden and Germany during my European Tour career and would love to add Denmark to that list.

“The team at Simon’s Golf Club are planning what will be a superb event, and we’re all looking forward to playing there next year. It was an honour to have been invited to open a new part of the course, and I’m very much looking forward to returning to play in a competitive event.

“2018 is an important year for golf in Denmark with Thomas Bjørn as Ryder Cup Captain, and I’m sure we’ll receive a warm welcome from spectators wishing to see former Ryder Cup Captains out there on the golf course.”

Simonsen added: “Scandinavia has a history of producing worldclass golfers and we are looking forward to welcoming Steen, Colin and their Senior Tour colleagues to our club.

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