'Woosy' on board for Gulf Resort Classic

Ian Woosnam, the 1991 Masters champion and victorious captain of the 2006 Ryder Cup team, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption into the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic April 28-May 2 at Fallen Oak.

A native of Wales, Woosnam split his playing time between the Champions Tour and the European Senior Tour in 2009. He won the Irish Seniors Open and was the second leading money winner on the European Senior Tour last season.

His best finish on the Champions Tour in eight starts was a tie for 13th at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Woosnam, 52, claimed 44 victories worldwide as a member of the regular European Tour. He twice was that Tour’s leading money winner (1987 and 1990) and was the European Tour Player of the Year in 1987. He played on eight consecutive European Ryder Cup teams from 1983-97, with a career record of 14-12-5.

“I am playing in my 22nd Masters Tournament in early April and I am keen to play a run of tournaments before heading home,” said Woosnam. “It is an honor to come to Mississippi and play in your event as I always enjoy playing in the stronger field events.”