Friday, 19 March 2010
Scotland's Russell Weir claimed his first European Seniors Tour title when he closed with a four under par 68 to edge out a battling David Good and win the Temes Seniors Open at Glyfada Golf Course in Greece.

Weir, 50, the club pro at Cowal, who was making just his sixth start on the Seniors circuit, started the round one shot clear of his Australian rival but had fallen three shots adrift until he birdied the 497-yard par-5 10th, the 411-yard par-4 11th and the 383-yard par-13th. Thereafter, it was nip and tuck all the way. The Scot holed out from a bunker for a spectacular birdie on the 494-yard par-5 15th, lost his one shot lead when Good hit a superlative 8-iron to within three feet of the hole for a birdie on the 141-yard 16th but then made the decisive move when he holed a curling 20-footer across the green for a birdie on the 358-yard par-4 17th.

In the end, the Scot won the £20,991 first prize when he two putted from 30 feet for a regulation par four on the last, finishing with a 14 under par total of 202, one shot ahead of Good and four in front of Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge.

England's Peter Dawson, the only left-hander ever to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup, closed with a 68 to finish alone in fourth place on eight under par 208, with New Zealand's Simon Owen one shot further back after a closing 73.

"I'm absolutely over the moon and can't wait to phone home and tell my wife and father the good news," said Weir, who has won more than 100 titles on the Tartan Tour and represented GB & I in eight PGA Cups against America's club professional.

"When I started to compete on the Seniors Tour this summer my first goal was to win enough money to avoid having to go to the Tour's Qualifying School this autumn. Now I can forget all about that. I've got my exemption and can look forward to playing in all the tournaments I want."

On a good day for the Scots, Weir's compatriot, John Chillas, the current Scottish Professional champion, won £4,126 after closing with a fine 67 to finish tied in sixth place on six under par 210.

Former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher, also finished on that mark after a closing 71, as did Englishmen, Jim Rhodes and John Morgan, Italy's Renato Campagnoli and the current European Seniors Tour Order of Merit leader, Ian Stanley.

The Australian, Stanley, now heads home for three weeks rest, having won a record £158,601, just under £7,000 more than his nearest challenger, England's Denis Durnian. Behind them, fellow Australian, Noel Ratcliffe, who has now won £127,273, also still harbours hopes of winning his second successive Order of Merit title but he might well rue a disappointing two over par closing round of 74 in Greece that saw him drop into a tie in 26th place.

England's Tommy Horton and Canada's Bill Hardwick shared the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60.

Hardwick closed with a three under par 69, to make up two shots on Horton, the five-time European Seniors Tour Order of Merit winner, both men finishing in a share of 17th place on four under par 212.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MORGAN, JohnENG18-6
2MOSEY, IanENG18-5
3HORTON, TommyENG18-4
4DAVIS, RodgerAUS181
5WEIR, RussellSCO18-14
6GOOD, DavidAUS18-13
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