Australia's David Good won for the first time on the European Seniors Tour when he closed with a 69 and then defeated America's Jerry Bruner on the first hole of a sudden death play off at the Legends in Golf tournament at Crayestein GC in Holland.
Good, 54, from Mornington, Victoria, got a chance to win his first Seniors Tourt title when his American rival three putted from 45 feet on the the 54th hole to fall back into a tie on nine under par 204 and he grasped it with both hands when he hit a drive and an 8-iron onto the green on the first extra hole and then calmly rolled in the resultant 12 foot putt to claim the £16,984 first prize.
The Australian's victory came just a fortnight after he had had to endure the heartache of losing out to Scotland's David Huish on the first hole in another sudden death play off at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland but for Bruner it means that he has now recorded no less than eight second place finishes on the European Seniors Tour without ever tasting victory.
"To be honest I can't even begin to explain what this means to me," said Good.
"Last winter I had to have an operation to clear a valve in my heart so to come back and do this is very special especially after getting so close a couple of weeks ago in Switzerland.
"I feel sorry for Jerry but I am sure his time will come," he added. "He's far too good a player not to win one of these things”.
Earlier Jamaican rookie Delroy Cambridge closed with a two under par 69 to claim third place on eight under par 205 and England's David Creamer was fourth on his own after a 70 gave him a three round aggregate of 206.
Canada's John Irwin continued his run of good form over the last few weeks with a 68 that left him alone in fifth place on 207 and David Oakley, the American who won last week's Energis Senior Masters at Wentworth, was sixth after a closing with a 69 for a five under par aggregate of 208.
Further down the field, England’s Maurice Bembridge and Keith MacDonald, plus Scotland’s Mike Miller shared seventh place on on four under par 209 with America’s David Ojala, Brazil’s Priscillo Diniz, Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan and Canada’s Bill Hardwick all shared tenth place one shot further back.
Hardwick, 60, also won the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading golfer in his 60s.
The Canadian closed with a one under par 70 for a three round aggregate of four under par 209 to finish four shots ahead of America's Jay Dolan 111. Dolan also carded a 70 in the final round.
The best round of the day came from America’s Tommy Proce who fired a five under par 66 that lifted him into a tie for 17th place alongside Scotland’s David Huish. It also meant that Price shared the Mike Slater Trophy, awarded to the golfers who shot the lowest rounds of the tournament, with Bruner and Good, who fired 66s in the first and second rounds respectively.
The award was established by the Crayestein club after its 1999 champion, Mike Slater, tragically died of cancer less than a year after winning their Legends in Golf event.