England's Mike Slater made his winning breakthrough after two years on the European Seniors Tour with four shot victory in the Ordina Legends in Golf Dutch Seniors at Prise d'Eau, near Tilburg Sunday.
The powerful club professional from Portal in Warrington slotted a 14ft birdie putt for a closing birdie three and three under par 69. It gave him a 13 under par total of 203 and finally closed out his nearest challenger, American Jerry Bruner who carded a 74 for nine under 207.
Bruner a senior rookie from Los Angeles had led Slater by a shot on 11 under par overnight but had to settle for a share of second spot for the fourth time in his first season.
The Californian was joined by Scotland's David Huish who raced out of the pack with a nine birdie eight under 64 which shattered the course record by two shots. Slater, nicknamed "Big Red" following a shock of ginger hair when young, has collected three course records in the past five weeks including a 66 on the opening day in Holland.
He is 52 in two weeks time and said: "This is a wonderfull early present. I've been waitng a long time for this. I'm thrilled to bits, especially with the way I held on to clinch it this time. Now I'm off to the Ryder Cup and looking forward to another European success."
Bruner, a self-taught pro who was a snack food distributor before qualifying for the seniors at last year's Tour school in Hardelot, said: "I'm going to make first one day. It wasn't my day today. The putter just didn't get going."
Huish, club professional at North Berwick carded his best round for more than 20 years. After clinching his third second place cheque this summer he said: "At ten behind at the start it was unrealistic to believe I could catch the leader, but I gave it my best shot today and it gave them something to think about."Final Scores