Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge won his second European Seniors Tour title of the 2002 season when he closed with a four under par 68 to claim a two shot win at the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters at Woburn G & CC.
Cambridge, who also won the Microlease Jersey Senior Masters in June, closed with three birdies over his last nine holes to finish two shots ahead of Ireland's Eamonn Darcy and Japan's Seiji Ebihara on nine under par 207.
Overnight leader, England's Neil Coles, closed with a disappointing one over par 73, to finish tied with Australians, David Good and Ross Metherell on five under par 211. However, Coles did have the consolation of winning the 1,500 euro (£950) Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading golfer aged 60 or over.
"This means an awful lot to me," said Cambridge, minutes after collecting the 53,479 (£33,750) first place cheque. "I haven't played all that well since I won in Jersey but I knew my game was coming back.
"This week, I hit a lot of wild shots, which isn't like me, but I got the breaks and holed the putts when I had to.
"It's a big thrill to win, particularly against golfers of the calibre of Coles and Darcy."
Darcy, making just his second appearance on the Seniors Tour, started with two birdies in his opening three holes but then had to watch as putt after putt missed the hole.
"I couldn't buy a putt out there," lamented the former Ryder Cup star. "I hit it close on every hole but just couldn't get them to drop. The worst moment came when I three-putted on the par five 15th. That was a horrible mistake and it meant I couldn't put enough pressure on the leaders."
For a while at least, it looked as if Seiji Ebihara was about to win his fourth title of a hugely successful 2002 season. The Japanese golfer, who has already claimed the AIB Irish Seniors Open, the Wales Seniors Open and the De Vere PGA Seniors, started three shots behind Coles but quickly made up lost ground with birdies on the first and second and an eagle on the 510 yard par five 5th.
At that stage, Ebihara was right back in the hunt but his run came to a complete halt when he hit two drives into bushes on the 456 yard par four eighth on his way to running up a calamitous quadruple bogey eight.
Under the circumstances, Ebihara, did well to undo the damage, battling back with a birdie on the 409 yard eighth before claiming further birdies on the 12th and the 18th to match Cambridge’s closing round of 68.
Coles, 12 days short of his 68th birthday, could not quite manage to extend his own record as the oldest man to win on the Seniors Tour, set earlier this year when he won the Lawrence Batley Invitational at the age of 67 and 276 days.
The Englishman started with a birdie on the 514 yard par five opening hole but then gave that back with a bogey on the 177 yard par 3 ninth. He edged his way back into the thick of things with two further birdies on the 13th and 15th but then saw his chance of winning a 15th Seniors Tour victory evaporate when he closed with three successive bogeys.
“I just ran out of steam,” admitted Coles. “It was difficult out there and I just couldn’t keep it going.
“Never mind, I am sure there will be other opportunities."