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Saturday, 23 July 2005
European Seniors Tour player David Oakley carded the lowest round of The Senior British Open Championship, presented by Aberdeen Asset Management, with a six under par 65 on day three.

It was a staggering turnaround for the American, who only made the cut on the mark after opening with scores of 80 and 77.

David’s brother Pete, the 2004 Senior British Open Champion, was not so lucky and missed out on the weekend after being 20 shots worse than par for his 36 holes.

But Pete was at the 18th this afternoon to see his older sibling make par and sign for a brilliant 65.

“Wow. I feel great,” admitted David. “I tried something new today. I went with the claw grip with the short putts as I have been having such a problem with the short putts.

“I hit it to about two and a half feet on the first hole and I said to my caddie, ‘Well, let’s give it a try’.

“And I just putted them great. I really hit it good, too. I had a lot of eight-footers that didn’t go in.”

In David’s group was fellow American Joe Inman, who also played with Pete the last time he shot a 65, in this year’s Allianz Championship, at Des Moines, Iowa.

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