Friday, 19 March 2010
Australian Bob Shearer collected his third seniors title in just over a year with a tournament record 12-under-par 198 after closing with a battling 68 in the Bad Ragaz Seniors Open at the Rhine Valley near Zurich.

It gave him a three shot margin over American David Oakley who chased the Melbourne man home with a 66 for second place on 281.

Shearer, winner of last year’s Jersey Seniors Open and the Phillips PFA tournament at Marriott Mean Valley in May, called on his vast tournament experience to hold off the chasing pack.

He had built his victory around a second record-equalling 63 which gave him a three-shot cushion going into the final circuit. But he three-putted twice over the first four holes yesterday to open the door for his challengers.

Oakley provided the main threat, narrowing the gap down to a single shot after nine holes which he covered in four under par 31.

Shearer, a former World Cup player with Greg Norman, was level par for the round at that stage. But he made it count coming home with birdies at 15 and 17 for a two-under 33 while the American could not better par over the same stretch.

Shearer said: “This is a beautiful place to be a winner in. It was a bit hairy out there at the start but I managed to grind it out, thanks to those two late birdies.”

Shearer is a former winner of the 23 titles worldwide, including two – the Madrid Open and Piccadilly Medal on the European Tour in the 1970’s. He is now a course designer and will return to Melbourne after three more tournaments.

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