Friday, 19 March 2010
Scotland's Bill Longmuir continued the dream start to his career on the European Seniors Tour when he closed with a five under par 67 to claim the £33,300 first prize at the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship at De Vere Carden Park in Cheshire.

The Seniors Tour rookie from Scotland won for the first time at last month's Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open and he duplicated that feat in what was just his sixth start as a Senior with a fine round that was capped with a glorious last hole birdie in front of 3,000 spectators.

The Scot boarded the final tee with a one shot lead after dropping a shot at the 17th. But any thoughts that he would let the title slip from his grasp were dispelled when he hit a towering nine iron into seven feet to set up a winning birdie.

That final putt gave Longmuir a 15 under par aggregate of 271 and a two shot winning margin over England's Carl Mason and Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan. It meant that for the second successive week Mason finished as bridesmaid having lost out in a play-off to America's Tom Watson in last week's Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, at the Westin Turnberry Result in Ayrshire.

Longmuir's win consolidated his place behind Mason on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit. It made him the first rookie to win twice in a season since John Grace in 2000 and also gave him a new record as the youngest man ever to win two titles on the Seniors Tour (50 years and 54 days).

The Scot, who warmed up for life on the Seniors Tour by practising at Greg Norman’s home in Florida, said: "It was wonderful to win in Wales a couple of weeks ago but in many ways this was even better.

"I was between clubs at the 17th and as a result I came off the shot and missed the green. That bogey put me under at lot of pressure but I'm glad to say I coped with it like I thought I would.

“Now I am going to fly out to Switzerland to see if I can chip away a bit more of Carl's lead at the top of the money list."

Mason went out in a share of lead alongside Longmuir and Nick Job. The winner of the recent Mobile Cup birdied the 487 yard first but then dropped shots at the fourth and the eighth before recovering with birdies on the ninth, 12th, 14th and 15th.

"I gave it my best shot but it wasn't quite enough," said the Englishman who tops the Seniors Tour Order of Merit with earnings of £159,310 from his first four starts as a Senior.

"I have been a bit tired all week after my exploits at the Senior British Open and I guess it all caught up with me in the end. But you can't take anything from Bill. He played very well indeed."

O'Sullivan owed his share of second place to a fine birdie down the last where he hit an eight iron into eight feet and then holed the resultant putt. Earlier he had also birdied the first, third, fifth, sixth and seven before dropping his only shot on the 8th.

"I'm very pleased with that," said the former Irish amateur champion. ""It was a great way to finish after missing a few chances earlier on."

Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti closed with a majestic seven under par 65 to move up into a share of fourth place with England’s Ian Mosey and New Zealand’s Simon Owen on 12 under par 276. That was Carbonetti’s best performance since winning the 2002 Seniors Tour Qualifying School in Portugal at the end of last year.

England’s Denis Durnian took seventh place after a two under par 70 saw him finish on eleven under par 277 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Alan Mew also produced a career best finish after closing with a 71 to claim eighth place on 278. That top-10 finish means that Mew gets an automatic place in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open that starts in Switzerland on Thursday.

England’s Tommy Horton won the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading golfer aged 60 or over. The former Seniors Tour Number One closed with a one under par to finish in a share of 15th place on seven under par 281. He finished eight shots ahead of his nearest rival, Jay Dolan 111.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2MASON, CarlENG18-15
3JOB, NickENG18-9
4MALTMAN, CraigSCO18-4
5DASSU, BaldovinoITA181
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