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Record-Breaker Mason Makes History In Spain

7.07am 23rd May 2011 - People

Carl Mason (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

Carl Mason became the most prolific winner in the history of the European Senior Tour by lifting his 24th title at the OKI Open de España Senior by Cleveland / Srixon.

The Englishman broke the record previously held by Tommy Horton with an overwhelming performance at the El Vale Golf Resort in Murcia, Spain, winning the title by four shots with a display befitting the most successful player to play on the Senior Tour.

Holding a one shot lead over Bill Longmuir going into the final round, Mason put on a ruthless front nine display of 32 (four under) to take a stranglehold on his record-breaking victory. Four birdies in the space of five holes allowed him to cruise home in 36 for a final round 68 and a four shot winning aggregate of 13 under 200.

England’s George Ryall emerged from the pack with a brilliant 65 to take second place on nine under, one ahead of Longmuir and two clear of fourth-placed John Harrison, who carded a final round 66.

But the day belonged to Mason, who vowed to celebrate the “highlight of my career” over a couple of drinks with his Senior Tour colleagues.

“It has to be the highlight of my career,” said Mason who added another €30,000 to his record Senior Tour career earnings of €2,183,751. “I will be having a couple of beers tonight and enjoying the victory. It has been a great day for me.

“It was very tough out there today with a lot of crosswinds and a tricky course so to make the start I did with four birdies on the front nine was a great effort. That meant I could take it easy on the back nine and not make any silly mistakes. I managed to do that and actually was able to enjoy the victory – there haven’t been too many like that in the 24!”

Mason’s trophy-laden Senior Tour career took off during his maiden season on the circuit in 2003. The 57 year old won four times en route to winning The John Jacobs Trophy – awarded to the Order of Merit winner – for the first time as he established himself as a dominant force in Europe.

He defended the John Jacobs Trophy successfully in 2004 and then finished runner-up to Sam Torrance in both 2005 and 2006 before reclaiming his last Order of Merit title in 2007.

“It has been one hell of a run,” added Mason, taking a sip of a well-earned and suitably chilled beer. “I am delighted to have finally got the 24th win because it has been hanging over me a little bit. I never would have expected to beat Tommy’s record when I started out on the Senior Tour – I can’t believe I have done it to be honest.”

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