Australia's Terry Gale won his third European Seniors Tour title of the season when he closed with a two under par 70 to claim a two shot victory over England’s Nick Job and New Zealand’s Barry Vivian at the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe Golf Club near Kelso.
The 57 year-old from Perth, Western Australia, started the final round with a two shot lead over compatriot David Good. He dropped a shot when he hit his approach 25 yards through the green on 396 yard second hole but then made what turned out to be the decisive move when he claimed four birdies in five holes from the third.
In the end, his eleven under par three round aggregate of 205 left him two shots ahead of Job and Vivian, who closed with a 68 and a 69, respectively. Scotland’s John Chillas carded a four under par 67 to move up into a share of fourth place alongside England’s Carl Mason while another Australian, Bob Shearer posted a two under par 70 finish alone in sixth place.
"This has been coming for a few weeks now," said Gale, who won 32,608 euro (£22,500) to jump up to third place behind Mason on the Order of Merit with 253,919 euro (£123,074).. "I have gone out in the last group for the last three tournament but on each occasion didn't quite manage to do it.
"Fortunately, today was different. I had a great run when I birdied the third, fifth, sixth and eight and was able to relax a bit and enjoy it after that.
"This is probably the toughest field I have won against since I joined the Seniors Tour," he added. "It's great to see Sam (Torrance) here because it gives the whole tournament a lift. I'm just glad I caught him when he was still a little bit rusty. I'm sure that will change as the weeks go on."
For Torrance himself, the day proved to be much less memorable, He had started to in sixth place, five shots behind Gale but still with high hopes of winning on what was his debut on the Seniors Tour. However, he could do no better than a disappointing two over par 74, dropping him down into a share of 15th place alongside Delroy Cambridge, Denis Durnian, Craig Maltman and Gary Wintz.
The former Ryder Cup captain started his final round brightly enough, holing from ten foot for a birdie on the 396 yard par four second. But, two holes later, he lost his chance of catching the leader when, for the second time in three days, he hit his tee shot into the water on the 177 yard par three fourth. The Scot was also to go on to three-putt the fifth and four-putt from ten feet on the 183 yard par three 13th before salvaging some pride with a birdie on the 394 yard par four 16th.
"The strange thing is that I didn't play that bad," said the former Ryder Cup captain after signing his card. "I got off to a great start when I birdied the second but then gave it back at the fourth and that was about that, I'm afraid.
"I'd have to admit that my putting was dreadful," he added. "I missed a lot of short ones and that culminated on the 13th when I managed to four-putt from around ten feet. It was desperate. That's not something I have done since I switched to the long putter."
England's Malcolm Gregson and Tommy Horton shared the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over.
Gregson made up a two shot overnight deficit when he closed with a level par 72 to finish on one under par 215.