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Sunday, 05 September 2004
Argentinean Luis Carbonetti swept to his second victory of the season on the European Seniors Tour when he claimed the Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters at Woburn Golf & Country Club.

The little known man from Buenos Aires carded a final round one under par 71 to finish two strokes ahead of Scotland’s John Chillas.

Chillas, who was also runner up last weekend, returned a 69, while England’s Carl Mason continued his fine season by closing with a 68 to end in third place a stroke further back.

Carbonetti had started the day sharing the lead with Scotland’s Sam Torrance and showed no nerves in being paired with the former Ryder Cup captain. The Argentinean led for the whole day and finished the tournament on seven under par.

Torrance looking for his second successive win on the Seniors Tours following victory in the Travis Perkins Senior Masters two weeks ago carded a 76 and finished equal eighth.

Carbonetti is in his rookie season on the Seniors Tour and captured the Digicel Jamaican Classic, in association with Sony Ericsson, in May.

“This is unexpected. My goal was to win once this year. To win again is just great,” said Carbonetti, who played on The European Tour between 1986 and 1991.

It has been a special season for the Carbonettis as Luis’ older brother Horacio successfully defended the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors in Switzerland in July.

“I was playing well when I arrived here but you never know how you will perform. I just kept my concentration very well and held things together,” added Carbonetti.

He birdied the opening two holes to stake his claim for the title and was never challenged at the top. He made three birdies and two bogeys. Carbonetti won £33,750, while Chillas earned £22,500.

Torrance got stuck on the bogey train mid way through. He double bogeyed the sixth and fell further back with dropped shots on eight and nine.

“Poor day, nothing went right. It is disappointing,” said Torrance.

Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy, the first round leader, looked to be heading for a second place finished but bogeyed the final two holes to finish joint fourth along with Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, who won last weekend’s Scottish Seniors Open.

England’s Neil Coles, who turns 70 later this month, won the Hardys Super Seniors Prize for the leading player aged over 60. He closed with a 74 to finish in tied tenth place.

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