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Friday, 07 June 2002
England's Nick Job moved a significant step closer to winning his third European Seniors Tour title when he stormed through the field with a course record eight under par 64 during the second round of the Flanders Nippon presents Legends of Golf tournament at the Nippon Flanders GC in Belgium.

Job started the day in a share of 16th place but jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a fabulous round that included eight birdies and no dropped shots

The club pro at the Richmond GC in London goes into the final round a single shot ahead of American rookie, Gary Wintz, who shared the lead until he three putted the last from 30 feet.

Wintz, from Daytona Beach, Florida, returned a second successive 68 for an eight under par aggregate of 136, one ahead of compatriot TR Jones and two in front of Welshman, David Vaughan, who added a four under par 68 to his opening 71.

Italy's Silvano Locatelli also returned a 68. He shares fifth place with England's David Creamer on four under par 140.

Job got his round off to the perfect start when he produced birdies at all of the first three holes. He went to six under par for the tournament when he also birdied the 350 yard par four seventh and the 490 yard par five ninth and then posted a nine under par aggregate of 135 with further birdies on the 11th, 12th and 16th hole.

"That was just about a perfect round of golf," said the Englishman, who won for the first time on the Seniors Tour when he captured the 2000 TotalFina Elf Seniors Open in France and then repeated the feat at last season's Lawrence Batley tournament at Huddersfield.

"The only green I missed was the par four seventh and that turned out not to matter because I chipped in from about seven yards for a three.

"I didn't play all that well in our last tournament Ireland but for the last two days things have been an awful lot better.

"In fact I have only missed two greens in the first 36 holes."

Job was not the only Englishman to create headlines during the second round in Belgium. Sixty eight year old David Snell returned a fine five under par 67 which gave him a two round aggregate of three under par 141 and meant that he had beaten his age for the second Seniors Tour event in succession.

"It's incredible," said Snell, from Worksop. "I surprised myself when I beat my age for the first time at last year's Tunisian Seniors Open and here I am doing it again.

"Last time, I didn't drop a shot when I went round El Kantaoui in 67. Today, I did have a bogey at the par four fifth but I made up for that with a total of six birdies. Let's hope I can do the same tomorrow."

Snell goes into the final round in a share of seventh place alongside England's Neil Coles and Canada's Bill Hardwick. This threesome will also be battling out for the 1500 euro (£950) Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize, awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 and over.

The third round also promises to be important for Scottish rookie, Martin Gray.

Gray, the club pro at Ladybank in Fife, added a one over par 73 to fall back into a share of 16th place on 143. He needs to claim a top ten place to get into next week’s Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters at La Moye.

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