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Saturday, 04 September 2004
Scotland’s Sam Torrance moved one step closer to winning his second successive title on the European Seniors Tour when he fired a four under par 68 to move into a share of the lead in the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters.

Former Ryder Cup captain Torrance birdied the last hole on the Duke’s Course at Woburn Golf & Country Club to finish the day on six under par along with Argentinean Luis Carbonetti, who fired a 65.

Torrance claimed his first piece of silverware in the senior game two weeks ago at the Travis Perkins Senior Masters and put himself on the threshold of another victory this weekend with a strong display.

Following his first win he headed straight for a two week break in Barbados and the down time appeared to paid dividends as notched up an eagle, three birdies and one bogey today.

“I played well. Dropped a shot on the third but got things going after that and am delighted to be up there again,” said Torrance.

The 51 year old birdied the fourth and fifth, eagled the par five 11th and holed a 12 footer on the last to round off a fine days work.

Carbonetti, a rookie on the Seniors Tour, won this year’s Digicel Jamaica Classic, in association with Sony Ericsson, after beating Australian Terry Gale in a sudden-death play-off.

He shot a 10 under par 62 en route to victory in Jamaica, which matched the lowest round shot on the Seniors Tour, and once again demonstrated his ability to shoot low snaring seven birdies.

“It was great I did not make any mistakes. Perfect round for me,” said Carbonetti, whose brother Horacio won this season’s Bag Ragaz PGA Seniors in Switzerland on the Seniors Tour. He made birdies on the first, fifth, sixth, 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th.

Jamaican Delroy Cambridge, winner of this event in 2002, is one behind the leaders after returning a 69.

Overnight leader Eamonn Darcy from Ireland fell back after scoring a 76, which was ten shots worse than his first day score.

Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, winner of last weekend’s Scottish Seniors Open, came in with a 69 and is three shots off top spot.

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