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Sunday, 12 August 2001
Scotland's David Huish became the first man to successfully defend a title on this season's European Seniors Tour when he closed with a second successive six under 64 and then scored a birdie three on the first extra hole to defeat Australia's David Good in a sudden death play off at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz GC in Switzerland.

Earlier, the Scot from North Berwick had seemed destined for outright victory when he posted a three round total of 12 under par 198 but was caught when his brave Australain rival eagled the 486-yard par-5 16th hole and then calmly rolled in a 16-foot putt across the 18th green for a birdie three. However, the tables were turned on the first extra hole when Good could do no better than par and then had to stand and watch as Huish slotted a putt from 20 feet behind his hole for his three.

It was a putt that was worth £20,825 to the Course Manager and Professional at North Berwick and also it brought to an end a dismal run of results that had seen the Scot drop outside the top 40 on this season's European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

"I can't begin to tell you what this means to me," said the Scot after collecting his fifth Seniors Tour title. "It's the hardest thing in the world to defend a title so I am very proud to have achieved it they way I did."

"I have to admit that it is also a result that saves my season," he added. "I had such a bad start that I have been struggling to catch up ever since. It has been pretty depressing but this win will certainly get me back on track."

Huish and Good both succeeded in breaking through the 200 barrier for 54 holes and there was also some excellent scoring behind them with Canada's John Irwin equalling the Bad Ragaz course record with a final round of 62 to share third place with America's Bob Lendzion on 200 and Australia's Trevor Downing claiming a seven under par 63 that lifted him into a share of fifth place alongside America's John Grace.

Further down the leaderboard, Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan came home in six under par 29 to post a 65 and share seventh place with England’s Malcolm Gregson on 202 and Scotland’s John McTear romped round in six under par 64 to claim a share of ninth place alongside compatriot Bernard Gallacher, Australia’s Bob Shearer, England’s Keith MacDonald and overnight leader, America’s David Oakley.

The Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize, awarded to the leading golfer in his 60s, was shared by South Africans, John Fourie and Bobby Verwey who carded a 65 and a 66 respectively to finish on four under par 206.

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