Carl Mason won the £125,000 Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic for a record equaling fourth consecutive victory on the European Seniors Tour.
The in-form Englishman fired a level par 72 to beat David Good from Australia by three strokes in what is the season opening event on the Seniors Tour. Good carded a 67 at the Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort.
Defending champion Terry Gale from Australia and South African Jeff Hawkes, competing in his first event on the circuit, finished in third place two strokes further back.
Mason tasted victory in his final three starts of 2003 to win the Order of Merit title and with his latest success he matched compatriot Tommy Horton’s feat of winning four successive tournaments.
It was a tough final round for Mason who led by five at the start of the day thanks to a brilliant course record 64 in the second round. He made the turn in one over to lead by four but a double bogey on the 11th and a bogey on the 15th saw Good close to within one.
However, Mason rallied over the closing stretch with birdies on the final three holes. A 45 foot putt for a two on the 17th was the highlight of his round.
“That was a most uncomfortable day so I am so relieved to have won. You try not to do anything silly and because of that you end up doing something silly. I never felt comfortable,” said Mason, who finished with a three round total of nine under par 207 and won €27,596 (£18,750).
“It’s terrific to match Tommy’s record, I am really pleased with that. When I came here everyone was saying that I could match the record and so the pressure was on, so to win is great,” added Mason, who spent two years refereeing on the circuit before becoming eligible to play last year.
Mason has been in inspired form since turning 50 in June of last year. He won four times in 2003 and finished the year with record prize money of €350,242 (£244,222).
Horton claimed four successive titles when he won the Scottish Seniors Open, the Clubhaus Seniors Classic, and the Senior Tournament of Champions in 1997 and then the El Bosque Seniors Open the following year.
Gale and Hawkes closed with 69s while Scotland’s John Chillas, second here for the past two seasons, closed with a 73 to finish equal fifth.
England’s John Morgan won the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. Morgan returned a 67 to finish on one over par, five shots clear of his nearest challenger, England’s Malcolm Gregson.