The Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open returns to the Staysure Tour International Schedule for a second successive season following its inaugural success in 2019. We take a look at what happened last time out at Golf Club Murhof.
Levet’s albatross joy
One of golf’s rarest sights was witnessed during the first round as Thomas Levet holed his 235-yard second shot into the par five seventh hole for an albatross. It was the second albatross of The Ryder Cup winner’s career and the only albatross on the Staysure Tour in 2019.
It was also the first on the over 50s circuit since Juan Quiros holed his second shot on the par five sixth at the 2016 MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
Chippy dialled in
Paul Lawrie hit the 2019 Shot of the Year at last year’s event, holing out from the first fairway for eagle during the final round.
The Scotsman, buoyed by his maiden over 50s victory on home soil a month earlier, began his final round with an eagle-two on the par four first, en route to recording a seven under par round of 65 to finish runner-up to runaway leader José Coceres.
Lowest round of the year
Argentina’s Coceres sealed a four-shot triumph at the inaugural event last season after rounds of 66-62-69 for a 19 under par total. The two-time European Tour winner shot the lowest round of the 2019 Staysure Tour season on day two at Golf Club Murhof, making ten birdies without a dropped shot to record the lowest 18-hole score on the over 50s circuit and race up the leaderboard.
Austria became the 45th country to host a Staysure Tour event when the action took place at Golf Club Murhof in September 2019. Having hosted European Tour and European Challenge Tour events, the Staysure Tour became the latest circuit to head to the picturesque country, with Golf Club Murhof staging the inaugural Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open.
There was plenty of action in the build up to the event last year with the Castle Shot Challenge and the Audi Shoot Out taking place before the tournament got under way. James Kingston won the nearest the pin Castle Shot Challenge as he was joined by four others who all struck balls from the top of Castle Burg Rabenstein to a target hundreds of feet below.
Clark Dennis won the Audi Shoot Out, a par three nine-hole competition based on iconic par three holes around the world played between nine players where the player with the highest score on each hole was eliminated, with ties settled by a chip-off. The American battled hole after hole to reach the final where he knocked out Castle Shot Challenge winner Kingston to lift the trophy.