Friday, 19 March 2010
Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan produced one of the finest finishes of his life to claim his fifth European Seniors Tour title at the Tunisian Seniors Open at El Kantaoui.

The former amateur champion from Cork started his back nine two shots behind England's John Morgan but fired four birdies over a scintillating six hole stretch to record a four under par 68 and finish two shots ahead of his English rival on 14 under par 202.

Morgan posted a fine three under par 69 to finish alone in second place on twelve under par 204 and Australia's Noel Ratcliffe was third after a level par 72 gave him an eleven under par aggregate of 205.

O'Sullivan started the final round one shot behind Ratcliffe and he was two behind Morgan when he got his just his second birdie of the day on the 407 yard par four 12th hole. The Irishman then made a great save from off the green on the 167 yard par three 13th before firing consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th to give him a share of the lead.

The shot of the tournament came when O'Sullivan hit a towering wedge shot 113 yard over a tree to within two feet of the hole at the 381 par four 17th. The ensuing birdie gave the Irishman a slender one shot advantage and he extended that to two shots when he two putted for par down the last and Morgan failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker.

"That was an incredible back nine," said O'Sullivan after collecting the 24,414 Euro (£10,365) first prize that took him to seventh on the official Order of Merit with earnings of 123,091 Euro (£77,727).

"Over the back nine I couldn't seem to get going but I holed a great ten foot putt for par on the 11th and that seemed to turn things round.

"I have hit a lot of fantastic shots out there and I have got Noel (Ratcliffe) to thank for that. He's been helping me iron out the loop I have in my swing and it seems to be working. I think I am going to have to buy him a present."

Further down the leaderboard Brazil's Priscillo Diniz equalled O'Sullivan's 68 to share fourth place with America's Steve Stull.

Craig Defoy, Denis Durnian, David Good, Mike Miller and John McTear all shared sixth place on seven under par 209 which was enough to guarantee Durnian second place on the Seniors Tour Order of Merit and give him a place in the Rest of the World team to face the Americans in next month's UBS Warburg Cup at Sea Island, Georgia.

Canad'a Bill Hardwick closed with a disappointing five over par 77 but still claimed the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 and over. Harwick finished the tournament on two under par 214 and six shots in front of South Africa's John Fourie.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MORGAN, JohnENG18-12
2MILLER, MikeSCO18-7
3GARRIDO, AntonioESP18-1
4O'SULLIVAN, DenisIRL18-14
5RATCLIFFE, NoelAUS18-11
T6DINIZ, PriscilloBRA18-8
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