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Much will be different in the exciting new era, not least the arrival of some new but familiar faces teeing it up for the first time since turning 50.
Thomas Bjørn will make his debut on the Legends Tour at the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship hosted by Ian Woosnam after hitting the 50 mark in February. Bjørn, the most successful golfer in Danish history having won 15 tournaments on the European Tour, will now be looking forward to making his Legends Tour bow and has certainly earned his right to do so after having had an extraordinary career thus far.
The three-time Ryder Cup winning player has competed on the European Tour for 25 consecutive seasons and as the 2018 Ryder Cup winning Captain enters the next stage of his career, he will be hoping to continue his consistent form, starting at Trevose Golf and Country Club.
Christian Cévaër of France will make his Legends Tour bow this season after many years in the professional game. Having turned professional in 1993 the Frenchman secured his first victory on the European Tour at the 2004 Open de España and won his second title in 2009 at the European Open at London Golf Club, having defeated a strong field containing 25 of the world’s top 50.
The experienced Frenchman, who was born on the island of New Caledonia, will be hoping to bring all his knowledge to the table as he embarks on his Legends Tour journey.
Having turned 50 in December 2020, Čejka will make his Legends Tour debut this year.
In his early years of being a professional he had wondrous success, recording three victories which included the Volvo Masters, resulting in a sixth-place finish on the European Tour Order of Merit. The Czech-German claimed his fourth European Tour title in 2002 after winning the Trophée Lancôme in France and most recently has spent most of his time competing in the United States. He won his first over-50s title at the Regions Tradition earlier this month after managing to roll in an impressive 14-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole to hold off the 2019 champion Steve Stricker, who was unable to convert from nine feet to extend the contest further.
Anders Hansen is another Danish golfer who will be making his Legends Tour bow this year. The three-time European Tour winner has been one for breaking records throughout his career, having claimed victory at the 2002 BMW PGA Championship and in doing so set a new low aggregate for the West Course, a record that was previously held by Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer. Hansen demonstrated his competence by going onto win the Wentworth showpiece again just five years later by defeating Justin Rose in a play-off.
Hansen became the first European since 1972 to top the Sunshine Order of Merit in 2009 and continued his consistent form into the following years when he secured his career-best finish of seventh place in the Race to Dubai in 2011.
Having turned 50 in February, Richard Green is the latest Australian golfer who is now eligible to compete on the Legends Tour. Green, who turned professional in 1992 and joined the European Tour in 1996, has had many a success in his career. The Australian became the first left-handed player to win on the European Tour in more than 20 years at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic, one of three European Tour wins.
Green did hold an impressive share of the course record at Carnoustie Golf Links with a 64, which he emphatically achieved in the final round of the 2007 Open Championship, before it was surpassed by Tommy Fleetwood in 2017.