Staysure PGA Seniors Championship Preview: Murphy, Higgins and Dallas in action at Trump International

Conor Cantwell

Gary Murphy - Image by Phil Inglis

Gary Murphy, David Higgins and Ian Dallas are the Irish representatives participating on the Legends Tour in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

Gary Murphy is the highest-ranked Irish competitor taking part at this week’s Legends Tour event with a ranking of 68 in the Order of Merit standings.

David Higgins is currently 75th in the Order of Merit standings heading into the event in Aberdeen, with Ireland’s new Irish PGA Champion participating in just his second event on the tour this year.


Lough Erne’s Damian Mooney who recently played all four rounds of the Senior Open Championship will be looking to make the step up again.

Ian Dallas takes part in his first Legends Tour event of the year, making up the trio of Irish hopefuls playing across the Irish Sea.

Murphy will be looking to record a positive finish in a talented field that includes Brazilian Adilson Da Silva, who has the opportunity to defend his title after winning the 2022 Staysure PGA Seniors Championship.

The Brazilian claimed the title with a score of 18-under-par last year, finishing six shots clear of Joakim Haeggman in second place.

More recently, Haeggman finished runner-up to Bradley Dredge at the Legends Tour Trophy in Hanbury and both golfers will hope that their positive play in the event earlier this month will translate to their play across the three days in Scotland.

Ireland has had one win on the course at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship this week already, with Brian McFadden winning both the celebrity individual scoring and helping his team win the group competition alongside Simon Miller, Neil Patchett and Legends Tour golfer, Phillip Price.

McFadden finished with a score of 37, one point ahead of Damon Hill and Steve Harmison in tied second, while he also helped his team finish two points clear of a group of five teams in second in the team standings.

Gary Murphy and David Higgins tee off in concurrent groups at 1:58 p.m. with Ian Dallas teeing off at 2:20 p.m. in the final pair of groups of the opening day of play.

Gary Murphy tees off from the first hole, with the English duo Peter Wilson and Richard Anderson playing alongside the Kilkenny native while David Higgins gets his opening round underway as Murphy tees off, with Patrik Sjoland and Robert Maxfield starting alongside Higgins on the 10th hole.

Ian Dallas gets his opening round of the tournament underway from the first hole alongside Englishmen Andrew Sherbourne and Paul Dwyer.

The first groups of the opening round commence at 7:30 a.m.

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