11th Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open, Bad is Very Good for Mason
12 Aug 07

England’s Carl Mason shot a final round of 65 to finish on 16 under par and win the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland by six shots, as well as register his 16th European Seniors Tour victory in just four years competing on the circuit.


Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti, England’s David J Russell and Italy’s Costantino Rocca all tied for second place on ten under par, with Scotland’s Steve Martin a shot further back.


With the beautiful Swiss Alps providing the perfect surroundings, Mason plotted his way through the tight tree-lined course with aplomb once more, having opened with rounds of 65 and 64.


He fired seven birdies and dropped only two shots in his 65, to close on 16 under par and claim his second win of 2007, after he winning the Ryder Cup Seniors Open at Conwy in June.


The opening nine holes on Sunday saw Carbonetti, Martin, Russell and Rocca all get within a stroke of Mason, who went out in level par 35, having traded two birdies with bogeys.


However, just when the chasing pack got close, Mason duly took charge of proceedings with consecutive birdies at holes ten and 11.


A delighted Mason said: “We had great crowds supporting us and that makes it more exciting, but of course they do get in the way, and slow things up at times, but it wasn’t a problem. It was too hot to rush around! Now, I’m going to have one or two beers to celebrate.”


Mason picked up €31,500 for his latest victory to close the gap on European Seniors Tour Order of Merit leader Eduardo Romero, who has €241,280 to his immediate rival’s new total of €219,379.


Australia’s Stewart Ginn closed with a 66 to finish among the four players tied in sixth place on eight under par. He said: “It’s been another solid week and it’s a beautiful place to play golf. I would be very happy if I could live here.”


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