FRED Funk set a record halfway total at The Senior Open Championship but Sunningdale expert Sam Torrance is hot on his heels going into the weekend.
FOUR days after his heartbreaking play-off defeat to Stewart Cink at Turnberry, Tom Watson shot a three-under 67 yesterday to begin his pursuit of a fourth Senior Open Championship title.
ALTHOUGH the Senior Open, which starts today at Sunningdale, will attract more attention than in past years because of Tom Watson's amazing runner-up performance at Turnberry on Sunday, Sir Nick Faldo has warned against reading too much into the veteran American's mastery of the links.
AMERICA'S grip on the Senior Open championship remained vice-like at Royal Troon yesterday as Bruce Vaughan overcame the pain in his left knee to keep the senior Claret Jug in US hands for the sixth successive season. He held off challenges from some of the game's most gifted champions, including Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer.
STILL best known in these parts for that extraordinary 60 foot birdie putt from the Valley of Sin which propelled him into a play-off which he lost against John Daly at the Old Course in 1995, Costantino Rocca saved the best for last at Royal Troon yesterday when he took advantage of the benign conditions to post 67 for 285 and clamber into the top ten at the Senior British Open.
AS A south-westerly wind and driving rain whipped in from the Irish Sea past the iconic lighthouse which points the way to glory at Turnberry, Loren Roberts won a sudden death play-off from Eduardo Romero after holing a 25-foot par putt on the first extra hole to claim the first prize of £157,800 at the Senior British Open.
LOREN Roberts' putting prowess earned him the nickname 'Boss of the Moss' and he continued to live up to that tag at the British Seniors Open at Turnberry yesterday. The 51-year-old American has led from the front and he maintained his form to extend his advantage to four shots with the lowest round of the day - a one-under par 69 for a total of 11-under.
ALMOST as much at home on the Scottish linksland as the pampas of Argentina, Eduardo Romero yesterday earned a share of the lead with America's Loren Roberts at the halfway mark of the £1 million Senior British Open thanks to a thrilling 63 for the ten-under mark of 130.
TOM Watson made sure a play-off was not needed by draining a four-foot birdie putt on the final hole to capture The Tradition, the final major this season on the Champions Tour.
THE memory of a triple-bogey 7 at the third-last hole, which cost him the British Seniors Men’s Open Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa 12 months ago, does not so much haunt Roy Smethurst but spur him on to grab the title chance the next time it comes around.
ENGLAND’S Carl Mason was left to reflect on what might have been after he lost the Senior British Open to Tom Watson on the second hole of a sudden-death play-off at Turnberry.