Sam Torrance ultimately imposed himself over his main challengers with crushing authority to retain the PGA Seniors championship title at the Stoke By Nayland Golf Club, carding an outstanding final round of six under 66 to win by three clear strokes. The resounding victory was the Scotsman’s 39th professional title, and ensured he regained the Number One Spot on the 2006 Seniors Tour Order of Merit.
The former Ryder Cup captain stared the day in a tie for second place with Argentine’s Luis Carbonetti, three shots adrift of the Italian Giuseppe Cali.
But Torrance gradually wore the Italian down to win the €48,936 first prize, and reclaim the top spot in the Order of Merit from Argentina’s Eduardo Romero with six events remaining on the 2006 Schedule.
His victory came after a long day at The Stoke By Nayland Golf Club after two suspensions due to lightning storms. Torrance was unaffected by the interruptions, as well the very fresh memory of his poor back nine of 40 less than 24 hours earlier, and leapt into the lead at the ninth, where he holed a 15 foot birdie putt.
He then made the tenth, statistically the toughest hole of the week, look easy, following up his excellent drive with a magnificent seven iron across the lake to 12 feet, before sinking the ball below ground with a single putt.
Further gains at the 12th and 16th ensured that any semblance of a fightback from either of his closest opponents was snuffed out.
“After yesterday’s disappointing back nine, I played really well today, said Torrance who posted a four round aggregate of 20 under par 268.
“Given the conditions, that was the best round of the four. I’m now looking forward to going back to Dalmahoy this week for the Scottish Seniors. I’ve happy memories there – I think I won by 15 shots the last time I won the Scottish PGA Championship about 15 years ago.”