Friday, 19 March 2010
Scotland's Russell Weir edged one step closer to winning his first European Seniors Tour title when he added a four under par 68 to his opening 66 to hold a single shot lead going into the final round of the Temes Seniors Open over the Glyfada Golf Course in Greece.

Weir, 50, who is making just his sixth start on the Seniors circuit after a successful career during which he won over 100 times on the Tartan Tour, goes into the closing round on 10 under par 134, one ahead of Australia's David Good, the winner of the recent Legends in Golf tournament in Holland.

On a day of incredible scoring, England's Peter Townsend returned an eight under par 64 to shave two shots off the Glyfada course record and share third place with New Zealand's Simon Owen on eight under par 136.

Jamaican rookie, Delroy Cambridge, added a 68 to his opening 69 to move into fourth place on seven under par 137, with Australia's Ian Stanley, America's Jeff Van Wagenen and Northern Ireland's Paul Leonard all sharing fifth place on 138.

Weir, the club pro at Cowal, started the day two shots ahead of Good but he fell one shot behind when he bogeyed the 371-yard second and Good made a blistering start with a birdie on the second and an eagle three on the 508-yard third.

Thereafter, there was never more than a shot between the two front runners. The Scot was still one behind when he went to the turn in two under par 34 but he got back to level with a birdie on the 411-yard 11th and that was how it was to remain until his Australian rival uncharacteristically overshot the last green to record his only bogey of the day.

"It was a bit tough out there today,'" said Weir, a veteran of eight PGA Cup contests against the Americans.

"I admit I was a bit nervous when we started out and it didn't help when I then had to watch David making such a fast start.

"But slowly but surely I started to relax and by the end I was delighted with the way I was playing."

The round of the day belonged to Townsend who used his putter just 22 times while compiling a course record 64 that included eight birdies and an eagle on the 508-yard third.

"It was incredible," said the former Walker and Ryder Cup star who now lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

"There was a while out there when I thought I was going to hole everything I stood up to.

"I can honestly say that I didn't hit the ball as well as I did while scoring 72 yesterday but it didn't matter because I holed everything in sight."

Further down the leaderboard, Scotland's Bernard Gallacher and England's Denis Durnian both returned six under par 66s to share ninth place with another Englishman, Nick Job and New Zeland's Barry Vivian on five under par 139 and England's Peter Dawson went one better when he returned a seven under par 65 to move up into a share of 13th place alongside Jim Rhodes, Craig Defoy, Priscillo Diniz, Eddie Polland and last year's Temes Senior Open champion, Noel Ratcliffe.

England's Tommy Horton goes into the final round leading the race for the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60.

Horton, who won the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit five times between 1993 and 1999, added a one under par 71 to his opening 70, to open a two shot lead over Canadian veteran, Bill Hardwick.

The cut fell at three over par 147 and among those to miss out was Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan, a double winner on this year’s European Seniors Tour at the Palmerston Trophy in Berlin and the STC Scandinavian International in Sweden.

O’Sullivan, a former Irish amateur champion from Cork, returned a second round 77 to miss out by one shot on four over par 148, the same total as America’s David Oakley, another double winner on this year’s circuit at the Energis Senior Masters and the STC BovisLend Lease European Invitational.

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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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