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The Northern Irishman added the Senior Open trophy to his Claret Jug, which he won at Royal St George’s in 2011, with a superb performance on a rain-soaked afternoon at Gleneagles in 2022, seeing off Pádraig Harrington by a single stroke.

Clarke, a 14-time DP World Tour winner, became only the fourth man in the history of the game to complete The Open and Senior Open double, joining the illustrious company of Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson.

Europe’s only Senior Major Championship will this year make a third visit to Royal Porthcawl following memorable events in 2014 and 2017 in which Germany’s Bernhard Langer triumphed on both occasions

Clarke’s maiden Senior Major triumph was his fourth victory since turning 50 and the 54-year-old is both relishing the opportunity to defend his title and hungry for more success.

“The feeling of winning The Senior Open last year is something I will never forget and I am incredibly excited to visit Royal Porthcawl later this year to try and defend my title.

“I made no secret of the fact that I wanted to win The Senior Open more than anything, so I could sit it beside my Claret Jug, and to be able to do that is a privilege.

“I feel so honoured to be able to put my name alongside some of the greats of the game and now I want to keep playing well and keep contending in some of the biggest events on our schedule.

“Royal Porthcawl is a magnificent golf course and is one that will test every facet of your game. I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to see everybody in Wales later this year.”

The venue, which offers stunning views across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula and offers a true test of golf, has previously hosted numerous prestigious Championships such as The Amateur and the Walker Cup.

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club was founded in 1891 as a nine-hole course before an agreement was made four years later to add another nine holes. In 1909, the club was bestowed the honour of using the prefix Royal – only the second club in Wales to be granted the privilege after Royal St David’s – before hosting its first significant tournament in 1951 when The Amateur Championship took place.

Tickets for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex are on sale now, with prices starting at just £25 for adults for tournament days. Season tickets, giving holders access to all four tournament days plus the Wednesday practice day, are available for only £95. Click here to purchase yours.

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