Mark Ridley’s major moment

Mark Ridley returned to the senior majors and picked up a T-40 finish in the Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale.

South Moor-based Mark, who turned pro at the age of 40, added another major milestone to his CV, which includes a T-60 finish in the Senior Open at St Andrews in 2018. He also narrowly missed out on playing in the 2019 event at Royal Lytham having qualified as first reserve.

Mark said: “It was great to tee it up with some of the greats of the game in my second senior major championship. Seeing all the stars you grew up watching on the range and getting to play the weekend of a major with a PGA champion in Rich Beem and a Ryder Cup player in Joakim Haeggman is fantastic.

“It’s a lot of fun to go from working in the shop at South Moor to chatting on the putting green with the likes of Thomas Levet and Alex Cejka.

“Coming through a 10-man playoff for seven spots at Bearwood Lakes with a birdie on the first playoff hole was a great way to book my spot. From there, I went through all the protocols and made it to Sunningdale, which is a beautiful place to play golf. It’s a tough course though with a lot of trouble off the fairways so I just concentrated on keeping the ball in play all week. It worked out quite well and I holed a few putts in front of the crowds, which is always a good feeling.”