Record European Senior Tour winner Carl Mason will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Dutch Masters in his bid for a record-breaking 26th victory.
The 64 year old carded his second consecutive round of 70 at The Dutch, one under par, for a two under par total, one stroke ahead of American Clark Dennis who will go in search of his second victory of the season.
Similarly to the first round, the 54-man field had to contend with strong winds and rain at The Dutch, a European Tour Destination and host of the KLM Open. Mason and Dennis were the only two players to finish their second rounds under par.
Carl Mason following his Benahavis Senior Masters victory
Mason, who won his first title on the over-50s circuit in 2003, broke former Ryder Cup player Tommy Horton’s record of 23 victories six years ago when he won the Open de España Senior. His 25th victory came later in 2011 at the Benahavis Senior Masters.
“I’m delighted with that,” said Mason. “I kept swinging at it and it kept going straight, a few putts went in and it was as enjoyable as it could be given the circumstances. It’s playing so difficult out there, it’s very tricky.
“I’ve had some really good rounds then some bad rounds. I want to put it down to age, but maybe it’s just me. When you get older it’s not as easy.
“Me and Des Smyth have always said we have wanted to get a win in our 60s and that would be wonderful. I appreciate how good these guys are now, so I’ll go out there and try my best.”
Dennis, the 18-hole leader, carded a second round of 72, one over par, for a one under par total after two rounds.
“The weather turned on the back nine, and I played the 11th and 12th in horrific conditions – turning those par four holes into par fives,” said Dennis. “It was so difficult towards the end. It was a war out there today; it was brutal.
“There was a period during the round when it was almost impossible, and I just happened to be on the two hardest holes. I am pleased though, one under is a great score in these conditions.”
Stephen Dodd, Paul Eales and Brendan McGovern share third place on one over par, and Andrew Oldcorn occupies sixth place a shot further back.