Five titles this season clearly is not enough for Carl Mason as the Englishman took the first round lead in the inaugural Sanremo Masters along with Scotland’s Bill Longmuir.
The pair opened with six under par 63s at Sanremo Golf Club, in the penultimate leg on this year’s European Seniors Tour.
England’s Mason claimed the ADT English Seniors Open last Sunday to virtually secure the Seniors Tour Order of Merit for the second successive year and now has his sights set on achieving a record equaling six wins in a season.
The 51 year old made the turn in three under and carded a bogey free round over hilly and tight layout.
“It is one of those courses where you don’t know quite what to expect. I got off to a nice start and settled into it quite quickly. Played pretty good, just played the two par fives badly. Struggled to make five on both of them but apart from that it was fine,” said Mason, who has earned €331,681 this year from 16 events.
Longmuir has claimed two titles this year and is currently in fourth place on the Merit list.
“I played very solidly. It was just a shame I three putted the two par threes from very close. I had a 20 footer, and a 15 footer. I missed a couple of very short putts too. I really did not putt that well. I hit it close. I am pleased with my ball striking. Just wish I could make a few more putts,” said the Scot, who got to within two shots of Mason last weekend before a poor finish saw slip to equal ninth.
Japan’s Seiji Ebihara and Luis Carbonetti of Argentina, both winners this year, came in with 64s.
Scotland’s John Chillas, incredibly, second in his last four events, shot 66 along with England’s Bob Cameron, Chilean Guillermo Encina, Frenchman Gery Watine, Australian David Good, and Americans John Grace and Alan Tapie.
The season ending Estoril Seniors Tour Championship in Portugal follows in two weeks time, so the eagerly awaited Sanremo Masters is a marvelous way to help bring the curtain down on the golfing year. Sanremo Golf Club was built in 1938 and was designed by Peter Gannon and is set within the olive groves of Val Gogna.