O'Sullivan falls just short of Seniors title

 

Scotland's Bill Longmuir won his second Seniors Tour title when he closed with a five-under-par 67 to claim the £33,300 first prize at the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship at Carden Park in Cheshire.

Seniors Tour rookie Longmuir won for the first time at last month's Wales Senior Open and he duplicated that feat with a fine round which was capped with a glorious birdie in front of 3,000 spectators down the last. The Scot took to the final tee with a slender one-shot lead after dropping a shot at the 171-yard par-three 17th.

But any thoughts he would let the title slip from his grasp were dispelled when he hit a towering nine-iron into seven feet at the last to set up a winning birdie.

That final putt gave Longmuir a 15-under-par aggregate of 271 and a two-shot winning margin over England's Carl Mason, runner-up at last week's Senior British Open, and Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan owed his share of second place to a fine birdie down the last where he hit an eight iron into eight feet and then holed the putt.

"I'm very pleased with that," said the former Irish amateur champion. "It was a great way to finish after missing a few chances earlier on."