Sunday, 11 August 2002
Japan's Dragon Taki defeated Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan in a three hole play-off to decide the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz GC in Switzerland after torrential overnight rain forced the cancellation of the final round.

Taki succeeded compatriots Noboru Sugai and Seiji Ebihara as the third successive Japanese winner on the European Seniors Tour when he recorded three regulation pars to defeat his luckless Irish rival by three shots.

O'Sullivan's troubles started when he pulled his opening tee shot into the fairway bunker to drop a shot at the first extra hole. He also found sand from the tee to drop another shot at the 178 yard par three second extra hole and then carved his final tee shot into the trees to run up a third successive bogey down the last.

"I don't know what happened," said the former Irish amateur champion from Cork. "I hit the ball great on the range but as soon as I got out there things started to go wrong.

"It's one of those things," he added. "Dragon played well and I did not give him a game. "That's life I suppose."

Taki, a former Japan PGA long driving champion from the Skizuoka Prefecture, won his first title as a Senior with a polished performance that won him a cheque for 34,500 euro (£21,702).

The Japanese golfer opened the tournament with a three under par 67 before shooting through the field with a seven under par 63. That low round of the week brought him level with O'Sullivan on ten under par 130 and he won the resultant play off with three steady pars.

"This is one of the happiest moments of my life," said Taki. "I didn't know what I would feel like when I came out here this morning but I played some good golf and am very pleased to win."

Taki's victory means that he joins compatriot Noboru Sugai, Scotland's Bernard Gallacher, England's Peter Townsend and Americans, Steve Stull and Gary Wintz, as the sixth first time winner on this season's European Senior Tour. His victory was also the fifth recorded by a Japanese golfer, after Sugai, at the Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, and Ebihara, in the AIB Irish Seniors Open, the Wales Seniors Open and the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship.

Ebihara finished tied eighth at Bad Ragaz to consolidate his place at the top of the Seniors Tour Order of Merit. He has now won 261,486 euro (£164,492), or a mere 26,102 euro (£12,986) less than Ian Stanley collected when he set a new earnings record at the end of last season.

South Africa's Bobby Verwey won the1,500 euro (£950) Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. Verwey recorded rounds of 66 and 69 to post a two round aggregate of five under par 135.

England's Tommy Horton was the South African's nearest challenger. The 61 year old former European Seniors Tour Number One from Jersey carded a 68 and a 69 to post a three under par two round aggregate of 137.

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