Horacio Carbonetti became the first Argentinian to win on the European Seniors Tour when he closed with a one under par 69 to claim a three shot victory over Australia's David Good at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at the Bad Ragaz Golf Club in Switzerland.
The 55 year old former Argentinian amateur champion arrived in Switzerland in fine form after finishing in a share of fourth place at last week's De Vere PGA Seniors Championship and he never looked likely to miss out on the 24,000 euro first prize after doubling his two shot overnight advantage with birdies on the the 480 yard par five fourth and the 348 yard par four seventh. He did drop a shot on the 301 yard par four 15th but then secured three consecutive pars to finish the tournament on 13 under par 197.
Good carded a fine four under par 66 to jump up from ninth place to second on 10 under par 200 while Brazil's Priscillo Diniz missed a four foot birdie putt on the last and had to settle for a share of third place alongside Canada's John Irwin and Scotland's Bill Logmuir on nine under par 201.
Clarke started the final round in second place but carded a two over par 72 to drop back into a share of sixth place alongside Maurice Bembridge, Jerry Bruner, Giuseppi Cali, Terry Gale, Alan Mew and John Morgan on eight under par 202. However the South African did earn a place in next week's Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Wentworthby finishing inside the top ten.
"I am delighted that I was able to hang on and win," said the modest Carbonetti at the end of his round. "I didn't play as well as I had done over the first two round but I ground out the pars and that proved enough.
"It's great honour to win on the European Seniors Tour."
England's David Creamer won the 1,500 euro Hardys Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. The five-time European Seniors Tour Number One closed with a one over par 71 to finish two shots ahead of Tommy Horton on six under par 204.