Anders Forbrand, Sam Torrance, Gordan Brand Jr set for El Valle this week

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Practice for the European Senior Tour OKI Spanish Senior Open by Cleveland Golf / Srixon II starts at El Valle Golf Resort tomorrow Tuesday 17th May with the first of the three rounds starting on the Wednesday 18th May and concluding on Friday 20th May 11. Entry is free, so don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this European Senior Tour event...

Latest News: Sam Torrance withdraws from the Spanish Open.
Latest News: Sam Torrance withdraws from the Spanish Open: Sam Torrance was quoted on cityam.com "I’m getting ready to return to action next week at the US Senior PGA Championship. I am not playing at this week’s European Seniors Tour event in Spain because I have other commitments and the preparation wouldn’t be right, but I don’t feel too bad at all. It’s been two and a half months since I last competed so I’m raring to go."

The European Senior Tour has moved from China last week, where Sandy Lyle was victorious, to Spain and the El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia. With a share 200,000 euro up for grabs, many of the field will be using the event to hone their game before the season’s first Senior Major takes place the next week at the US Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, venue of The 2008 Ryder Cup.

Hopes of a home winner rest with a strong Spanish contingent of José Maria Cañizares, Antonio Garrido, Manuel Piñero, José Rivero, Domingo Hospital – the last Spaniard to win on the Senior Tour, at the 2010 Sicilian Senior Open – and Juan Quiros, a three-time European Tour winner.

More news on this weeks event:

Anders Forsbrand:
The Senior Tour swings back into action this week at the OKI Spanish Senior Open by Cleveland Golf / Srixon II, where Swede Anders Forsbrand will make his Senior Tour debut. Following trips to Australia, Japan, Mauritius, Brunei and China, and then a two-month hiatus since March, the Seniors will be playing in Europe for the first time this season at El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia.

Forsbrand turned 50 on April 1, and will attempt to have the same kind of impact on the Senior Tour as he made on The European Tour 20 years ago. Back then he, Ove Sellberg and Mats Lanner were the pioneers of Swedish golf, paving the way for their countrymen to enjoy years of success. He amassed six titles from 440 European Tour appearances spanning 22 years, and he is now looking forward to rekindling his competitive streak in Spain.

“On the Senior Tour you get reborn,” he said. “You have a second chance and it is great. I’m looking forward to it and it should be fun. “The competitiveness has not left me. That’s the way I was born. I enjoy competing. Competing has been such a big part of my life and I’m looking forward to doing it again. Hopefully I can at a high level."

“When I stopped playing in 2003/2004 it was because I was playing too badly. I was driving the ball badly. My iron play was always good but I wasn’t competing. I thought I should just go home and be with my family and do some other things in life. I always thought if my body held up and I was in good shape, it was in the back of my mind to join the Senior Tour and hopefully have a chance of competing again.”

Sam Torrance:
Former Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance will be hoping for more Spanish success when he takes his place in the field for the OKI Spanish Senior Open by Cleveland Golf / Srixon II, from May 18-20.

Torrance won the Spanish Open in 1982 and the Heineken Open, held in Catalonia in 1993, on The European Tour, as well as the 2008 OKI Castéllon Open España – Senior Tour Championship on the Senior Tour.

The Scot will be looking to extend that fine record on Spanish soil when he tees it up at El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia. He will also be looking to find some form ahead of the season’s first Senior Major, the US Senior PGA Championship, which takes place at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky the following week.

The three-time Senior Tour Order of Merit winner finished tied tenth on his last appearance, in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship presented by Mission Hills China.

Gordon Brand Jnr:
Gordon Brand Jnr is set to make his first appearance of the 2011 season in the OKI Spanish Senior Open by Cleveland Golf / Srixon II.

The Scot spends his winter and spring focusing on coaching in Bristol and missed the early season events in the Far East. After finishing fourth on the Senior Tour Order of Merit in 2010, Brand Jnr will be hoping to mount an assault for the John Jacobs Trophy this year, starting at El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia.

The former Ryder Cup player will be hoping he is as fast out of the blocks as he was last season, when he won his maiden Senior Tour title in his second appearance of the campaign in the Matrix Jersey Classic.

Andrew Sherbourne:
Former European Tour winner Andrew Sherborne will make his second European Senior Tour appearance when he chases a Spanish hat-trick in the OKI Spanish Senior Open by Cleveland Golf / Srixon II.

Both of the Englishman’s two European Tour victories came on Spanish soil, winning the Madrid Open in 1991 and the Spanish Open the following year.

He finished a respectable tied 16th on his Senior Tour debut in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship presented by Mission Hills China and will be hoping to build on that at El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia from May 18-20.

Tony Johnstone:
Tony Johnstone is a six times on the European Tour and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992. His most prestigious win came at the 1992 British PGA Championship. He won seventeen times on the Sunshine Tour, including one co-sanctioned event also included in his European Tour win tally, and he topped that tour's Order of Merit in 1988/89 and 1993/94.
In 2004 Johnstone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, possibly ending his playing career. With a revolutionary drug treatment, he appears to have put his MS in remission and made his European Seniors Tour debut shortly after turning fifty in 2006. In 2008 he won his first European Senior Tour event, the Jersey Seniors Classic. He won his second event on the Seniors tour in 2009 at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters. Johnstone is noted for his excellent short game and topped the European Tour's short game statistics in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He has also worked as a golf broadcaster, most notably on Sky Sports.
Details credited to the European Senior Tour and Wikipedia

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