England’s Nick Job produced the finest round of his life to win his first European Seniors Tour title at the Totalfina Elf Seniors Open over the Marly course at Golf de Joyenval near Paris.
Job, 51, the club pro at Richmond GC in Surrey, produced a flawless five under par 67 in torrential rain to finish two shots ahead of Japan’s Seiji Ebihara and four shots in front of Scotland’s Bernard Gallacher.
England’s Ian Richardson, fresh from his debut in last week’s US Open, came fourth, closing with a 74 for a two under par aggregate of 214.
“Given the circumstances, that probably the best round I’ve ever played,” said Job, who won 24,990 euro. “I normally play quite well in adverse weather but even I didn’t envisage that I’d do quite as well in conditions like these.
“It great to play that well under pressure.”
The final round started in incessant rain and before long play was called to a halt for 90 minutes while greens staff attempted to removal the residual water from the course.
For a while, it was touch and go that play could continue, but start it did and after the break Job, watched by his 15 year-old son, Ed, completed his outward nine in two under par 34 and then produced three further birdies over the closing nine for a 67 which is arguably the finest round on this season’s European Seniors Tour.
Evergreen Neil Coles, 65, the winner of the recent Microlease Jersey Seniors Open, won the Super Seniors prize, awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60. He closed with a two over par 74 to finish tied for fifth alongside overnight leader, Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan started brightly but dropped shots after the break to finish on one under par 215, one shot ahead of Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland and two clear of England’s Jim Rhodes and the fast finishing American, John Tolhurst, who closed with a fine two-under par 70.
Denis Durnian, making his second appearance on the European Seniors Tour, after finishing tied for second at last week’s Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl Trophy in Germany, dropped down the field with a closing 78. He finished tied for 10th alongside Australians, Terry Gale and David Good, and Englishman, Barry Sandry.