England’s Carl Mason closed in on a record equaling fourth consecutive win on the European Seniors Tour when he took the second round lead in the £125,000 Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic.
Mason fired a brilliant course record eight under par 64 in the 54-hole event at the Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort to lead by five shots from Scotland’s John Chillas. Chillas, second here for the past two years, who carded a 70.
Five months ago Mason won the season-ending Estoril Seniors Tour Championship for his third successive victory which allowed him to claim the Order of Merit title. Should he be successful in Tobago, which is the opening event of the year, he will equal Englishman Tommy Horton’s record of claiming four consecutive titles.
“Where did that round come from? It was unbelievable!” said Mason, who leads with a two round total of nine under par 135.
The Englishman broke away from the field by firing nine birdies and one bogey. He dropped a shot on the third but then stepped into the 'zone' with birdies on the seventh, ninth, tenth, 11th , 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, and 18th.
“I did not hole any putts in the first round but you just have to keep going and hope they go in which they certainly did today. Fortunately there have been a lot of good rounds recently so I am not so sure if that is my lowest,” added Mason.
Chillas, the second round leader for the past years, continued his amazing streak in Tobago.
“I just keep trying and will bash away and see what happens. I think I have the patience for playing each hole at a time on this course. I don’t know how Carl managed to shoot so low today,” said Chillas.
“Tomorrow I will just go out and try and make par at the first, par at the second and then see what happens after that. Carl might jump out of the wrong side of the bed and I might jump out of the right side,” added the Scot.
Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and American Hank Woodrome are two under for the tournament after firing rounds of 71 and 70 respectively.
American John Grace, the first round leader with a 69, returned a 74 and is one under for the tournament along with South African Jeff Hawkes, playing in his first event on the European Seniors Tour, Spain’s Manuel Pinero, and Scotland’s Bill Longmuir.
Australian Terry Gale, the defending champion, got himself back into contention by firing a 68 to also move to one under.