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Sunday 17 December 2017

Evergreen Smyth seals drive for five with victory at Woburn

Ireland's Des Smyth won the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters to win for a fifth successive decade and deny England's Carl Mason a record 24th Senior Tour victory.

The Louth man carded a three- under-par 69 on a blustery day at Woburn to win for the first time in three years, while overnight leader Mason faltered on the back nine, coming home in 40 to finish two-over par.

Smyth said: "I felt like Seve today as he was the best at making it happen and it was one of those rounds where it did happen today. I putted much better this week having changed my putting style slightly and I could see the lines much better and that gave me the confidence to hit the putts."

"It was fantastic to win in front of these crowds and it is my fifth decade of winning, from the '70s to now and that was a goal of mine. I am really pleased to have got that."

Smyth won his first professional title in 1979 when he won the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship, winning every decade since and still holds the record as the oldest winner on The European Tour.

Davies makes it into 'old' record books

England's Laura Davies fired a closing 70 to win the UNIQA Ladies Golf Open in Fohrenwald-Wiener Neustadt, Austria, yesterday for her 75th career victory.

It made her the Ladies European Tour's oldest winner, aged 46 years and 11 months.

Ireland's Rebecca Coakley finished joint sixth on 210 following a final round 72; Martina Gillen fired 71 for a total of 215 and a share of 28th; Hazel Kavanagh disappointed with a closing effort of 79 for a total of 220, the same mark as Tara Delaney, who shot 76 yesterday.

McGimpsey half fails to spark Irish success

Ireland failed in their bid to win the European senior men's team championship for the third time in four years at the weekend when they went down to the defending champions England at Fairhaven in Lancashire.

But the 4.5-0.5 scoreline in favour of England was not a fair reflection of the way the game went as all the matches went at least as far as the 16th green. Garth McGimpsey was the Irish player to get the half point as he shared the spoils with Philip Slater at the bottom of the order.

Nevertheless, the Irish gained a very creditable Silver Medal.

Meanwhile, in Berlin Ireland's senior women failed to collect a medal in their European Team championship when beaten 3.5-1.5 by Switzerland in the third place play-off. Strabane's Hene Jones secured a point for Ireland and Sheena McElroy bagged a half. Scotland beat England in the final.

Irish Independent

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