Corsaletti: Senior Open gave me more exposure

Monday September 10 2018


By Majuto Omary @majutoy2k

Dar es Salaam. The Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club professional golfer, Philippe Corsaletti, has said he has gained lots of experience after competing for the first time in the Senior Open Championship held at the Old Course, St Andrews in Scotland.
The event featured 700 golfers from various countries in the world and Corsaletti finished in the 50th position in a 72-hole stroke play, with 18 holes to be played each day. Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez won the event.
Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, Corsaletti said the position put him in a higher class of the game and improved his standard as well as skills. He said his target was to do better than the position he achieved, but was let down by the mistakes he made.
“I made two mistakes which led me to finish at the position, but I have scored higher compared to the past. The event featured prominent golfers across the world that have enough time to train. I just train over the weekends; it is a great achievement,” said Corsaletti.
He explained that it was an honour to compete in the event, thanking renowned golf coach Noel Rousseau and others for providing proper training.
“The championship is a famous golf event in the world. It has the biggest history and is the oldest in the world and is commonly known as ‘The Cathedral of Golf’ and was established in 1552. I feel honoured to feature in it and achieve my score,” he said.
Corsaletti also featured in the European Senior Tour Qualifying School in Portugal and finished in the 78th position among 132 golfers.
The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship 29 times, most recently last year when Zach Johnson claimed his first major title.
It has also held the Women’s British Open on two occasions, but has up until now never hosted the over-50s event.
The event is the 14th venue to accommodate the Senior Open Championship.
The Senior Open Championship boasts rich and variety history, with a rollcall of champions which includes some of the game’s leading lights: Tom Watson, Gary Player, Berhard Langer and Fred Couples having lifted the trophy.