European Tour, Seniors Open,



Untouchable Thelen takes Bad Ragaz title

Tim Thelan (Getty Images

The European Tour Seniors Open was won by Tim Thelan at the  Bad Ragaz course in Switzerland on Sunday. The American had to resist the challenge of former Ryder Cup  Captains in Ian Woosnam and Mark James to take home the €42,000 first prize. After also winning last week Tim said he could get used to the feeling, after he signed for a final round of -3 under par for a 67 that gave him            a -12 under par total and secured a two-shot win over Mark James, with Ian Woosnam a further shot back in third.

“I could get used to this feeling. This is pretty amazing to win a second event in seven days. I played great again this week and to come out on top against another two of the game’s great players in Mark James and Ian Woosnam is very satisfying. I looked at the leaderboard on the 16th and saw I had a two shot lead, then Mark  birdied the last to cut the lead to one. So that seven iron on seventeen really was a fabulous shot. Making that birdie putt was a big moment too because it gave me a cushion to play the last.”

Sir Bob Charles’s first round of 66 in Bad Ragaz  saw the Kiwi better his age by a European Senior Tour record of ten shots, while Gary Player’s scores of 72-70-71 were a testament to the nine-time Major Champion’s fitness and competitive drive. Sir Bob finished  the week at one over par in a tie for 42nd place,  just two shots ahead of Gary who was in a tie for 50th.


Ex Salesman Joe Daley Wins Senior Players Championship.

Joe Daley (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

It took twenty years after quitting his job as a credit salesman for Joe Daley to win his first victory on the PGA or Champions tour. He had to contend with the likes of  Fred Couples,  the defending champion. Mark Calcavecchia the winner the previous week in the Montreal Championships, and Tom Lehman breathing down his neck, and hoping to steal this victory away from him. Joe stuck to his guns after starting  the day tied with Calcavecchia and a shot ahead of Couples and Lehman, who won the previous major last month.

A smiling Joe Daley said he was not worried about the competition, he was battling himself;

” I was my competition, not them, I’m my own competition. Have been for years. All I was keying on was what I had next, with the best possible attitude and keeping my emotions under control. I had a little adrenaline going later in the round and I dealt with it pretty good, so here I am.”

This victory earned Joe Daley full Champions Tour status for a calendar year, and he deserves it.

Mark Calcavecchia was full of praise for Joe;

“I thought he might get a little shaky in the back, but he was solid,  he deserves it. He’s been at this a long time, and this is a huge win for him.”

Tom Lehman bogeyed three of the final six holes, and was not happy;

“Just a little bit off all day today, I didn’t play badly, I didn’t play great. With the conditions the way they were, being a little bit off was enough. “

Tom spoke about Joe;

“I know him enough to know he’s a hard worker, he’s very committed and willing to pay the price. I look at a guy like him and say, well deserved.'”

Congratulations to first time winner, 51-year-old Joe Daley.