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Friday, 19 March 2010
England's Nick Job fired a course record eight under par 63 to secure his second European Seniors Tour title at the Lawrence Batley Seniors tournament at Huddersfield GC.

Job, 52, the club pro at Richmond Golf Club in London, raced to the turn in four under par 32 and then romped home in 31 to record a nine under par 54-hole aggregate of 204.

The Englishman, who won his first Seniors title at last year's Totalfina Elf tournament in France, finished five shots ahead of Manchester's Denis Durnian, who closed with a 67, and six in front of the evergreen former Ryder Cup star, Neil Coles, who carded a final round of one under par 70 which left him alone in third place on 210.

Coles, 66, also won the separate Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60.

"This victory means an awful lot to me," said Job after collected the £20,000 first place cheque.

"I was delighted when I won in France but this is even more special because of the way I played throughout the final round."

"At the start of this week, I decided to abandon my putting cack-handed putting grip and go back to putting conventionally and the decision seems to have paid off because I putted well all week. Having said that, it wasn't all about holing a few putts. I also played well from tee to green. You have to if you are going to shoot a 63 in tough conditions like these."

Durnian, from Manchester, was just one shot behind Job with two holes to go but then bogeyed the 17th and double-bogeyed the 18th to lose his chance of recording a second victory of the season.

However, his consolation was a cheque for £13,330 that helped him to consolidate his place at the top of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit with 207, 582 euro (£125,812).

Overnight leaders, Maurice Bembridge, Jay Dolan 111 and Liam Higgins all fell back into the pack after disappointing last rounds. Bembridge registered a three over par 74 which dropped him into eighth place on 213 and Dolan 111 and Higgins fell into a share of 15th place on 216.

Elswehere, Australia’s Ian Stanley, winner of the recent PGA Seniors Championship at Carden Park, moved up to fourth place on 211 after a fine closing 68. Stanley’s compatriot, Bob Shearer, carded a 67 that saw him finish tied for fifth place with Scotland’s John McTear and America’s Jeff Van Wagenen on 212.

McTear, the current PGA Senior Club Professional champion, and Van Wagenen both closed with two under par 69s.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1JOB, NickENG18-9
2COLES, NeilENG18-3
3GALLACHER, BernardSCO187
4DURNIAN, DenisENG18-4
5STANLEY, IanAUS18-2
T6SHEARER, BobAUS18-1
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