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Sunday, 09 May 2004
England’s Bob Cameron stormed the fairways of Omaha Beach Golf Club to claim victory in the Open de France Seniors.

The 51 year old fired an unblemished five under par 67 for a three stroke victory over European Seniors Tour debutant David J Russell from England.

The victory marked Cameron’s first title on the Seniors Tour and earned him a cheque for €30,000 (£20,246)

“I have been working very hard to get to this position. In the last group you hope to stick in there and today I managed to do it,” said Cameron, who finished with a three round aggregate of six under par 210.

Cameron’s final round was the equal best round of the week with only Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan managing to shoot five under. He pulled away from the field with three birdies on the trot from the 12th, and never looked back en route to victory with a bogey free round.

“Those three birdies on the back nine really gave me a cushion. They were all sliding putts, tricky and speedy. They weren’t the putts you wanted to be facing for birdies. The pins were cut so that you were always going to be faced with a swinging putt,” said Cameron, who is in second year on the circuit.

The Englishman had started the day in a tie for the lead with Scotland’s John Chillas and Australian Brian Jones.

“I was quite relaxed which was pleasing. I guess you have to be really in order to win. It was my goal to win and thankfully it has come a bit sooner than I thought. I have failed to get in a good first round in the last half a dozen events but this time I managed to start well which was a key,” added Cameron.

The Open de France Seniors marked a fine beginning on the Seniors Tour by Russell.

“I was not quite sure how I would compete. I was playing alright. Playing with Neil Coles reminded me of what to do, I remembered to release the club. Watching Neil helped a lot and inspired me to start ripping it,” said Russell.

Russell, better known as “DJ”, was left to rue a poor second round when he shot 76 where he carded two double bogeys on the back nine.

“I am pleased but just had some bad holes yesterday which threw it away. I rushed things a little and lost my timing for three or four holes. I am pleased that I can compete and I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” added Russell.

Chillas and Spain’s Manuel Pinero finished in joint third place, four behind Cameron, after firing rounds of 68 and 71 respectively.

England’s Neil Coles won the Hardys Super Senior Prize by two strokes from compatriot Tommy Horton. The prize, worth €1,500 (£1,020), is for the leading player aged over 60.

The Seniors Tour now heads to the inaugural Bosch Italian Seniors Open in Venice, which will be played at Circolo Golf Venezia from May 14-16.

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