Friday, 19 March 2010
Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan confirmed his reputation as one of the European Seniors Tour's fastest finishers when he came from four shots off the overnight lead to capture his second Seniors Tour title of the season at the STC Scandinavian Seniors International at Kungsangens G.C. near Stockholm.

Last season, O'Sullivan closed with 67s to win both the Dan Technology Seniors Tournament of Champions and the Abu Dhabi Seniors Tour Championship and at Kungsangens he went two shots better when he finished with a six under par 65 to record an eight under par aggregate of 205 and end the tournament a single shot ahead of overnight leader, Maurice Bembridge.

It gave the Cork man his second title of this season after winning the Palmerston Trophy in Germany a fortnight ago but he would not have done it had it not been a late lapse from former Ryder Cup star, Bembridge, who shanked his pitch to the last to run up a devastating double bogey that ended his chance to win for the first time since 1998.

"I was delighted with my own game but I have got to admit that is the last way I would have wanted to win the title," said O'Sullivan after collecting the £37,485 winner's cheque." Maurice is a lovely guy and he certainly didn't deserve to lose it that way."

Bembridge himself had no excuses after his late lapse cost him the win.

"There was nothing wrong with the lie," he said. "I shanked one during the recent Lawrence Batley and it has been on my mind a bit."

Bembridge's runner-up finish means that he has now finished second no less than seven times since winning his second and last European Seniors Tour title at the Swedish Seniors at Fagelbro. His consolation was a cheque for £24,997.

On a day of low scoring England's John Morgan and Scotland's Mike Miller both carded final round 67s to finish in a tie for third place on 209.

Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland was alone in fifth place on 210 and Italy's Roberto Bernardini was two shot further adrift on 212.

Canada's Bill Hardwick shared seventh place with Australia's Ian Stanley and America's Bob Lendzion and he also collected the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor in his 60s.

Harwick won the award by a single shot over the rejuvenated Tommy Horton who had missed the previous two tournaments with a niggling eye injury but returned with rounds of 71, 73 and 70 to finish in a tie for tenth place with Keith MacDonald and Simon Owen on 214.

Compatriot, Tony Jacklin also performed well, recovering from four bogeys on his opening four holes to record a 73 that saw him finish in a tie for 33rd place.

The former Open and US Open champion now travels to Royal Lytham & St Annes where he won his Open title in 1969.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BEMBRIDGE, MauriceENG18-7
6POLLAND, EddieNIR18-3
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