England’s Denis Durnian made a dream start in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland when he shot the lowest round of his career, an eight under par 62.
The bogey free round, capped superbly by birdies on the last four holes, matched the course record at Bad Ragaz Golf Club and gave him a three stroke lead ahead of Englishman Bob Cameron.
Defending champion Horacio Carbonetti from Argentina, Scotland’s John Chillas, South African John Mashego and England’s Nick Job shot 66s, in the European Seniors Tour event.
The stunning Alpine scenery seemed to inspire Durnian who has been out of sorts recently.
“I have been playing dreadful lately. I played so bad last week in the Senior British Open. Even when I played in the Pro-Am yesterday I made quite a few birdies as I was putting okay but I hit so many funny golf shots so I was very apprehensive when I came out today,” said the 54 year old.
He made the cut last week at Royal Portrush Golf Club but he was unhappy with the way he was hitting the ball and chose to go back to using one of his old sets of irons this week.
“The irons were not feeling so good yesterday but all of a sudden they seem to remember what to do,” said Durnian, who has won three times on the Seniors Tour with the last coming in the 2002 Estoril Tour Championship.
He peppered the pin all day and never had a birdie putt of more than 12 feet. He birdied three on the trot from the second, birdied the seventh and made an important par save from 20 feet on the ninth.
“I have shot a 62 once before in Monte Carlo, but the par was 69. Hopefully this will kick start the rest of the season where I can get back into the position where I want to be,” added the Englishman.
Cameron, winner of this year’s Open de France Seniors, made seven birdies and two bogies to keep Durnian in his sights.
Carbonetti, whose winning total last year of 13 under was the lowest of the season, also kept a clean sheet birdieing the first and then later the last three.
England’s Carl Mason, a two time winner this year and currently in second place on the Seniors Tour Order of Merit, fired a 71.
New Zealand’s famous lefthander Bob Charles, who has triumphed three times in Switzerland during a long and distinguished career, came in with a 69.