Thelen second win in a row while Sir Bob beats his age by 10 strokes

Charles, 76, shoots 66

AMERICAN golfer Tim Thelen won his second European Senior Tour event in a week while Australia’s Peter Fowler came home fourth at the 2012 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

After his win in Germany last week, Thelen resisted all challengers at the  Golf Club Bad Ragaz to take home the €42,000 first prize.

“I could get used to this feeling,” said Thelen after signing for a final round of three under par 67 that gave him an 12 under total and secured a two-shot win over Mark James (65), with Ian Woosnam (67) a further shot back in third.

In a hot field, Fowler also shot a final round 67 to be tied for fourth on 8-under with three others.

“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.”

A highlighted of the tournament were the performances of invited golfing icons Sir Bob Charles of New Zealand and South Africa’s Gary Player.

In the first round Charles shot a 66 to better his age by a Senior Tour record of ten shots.

[quote]“That was one of those dream rounds,” – Sir Bob Charles[/quote]

Charles added a 73 and a 72 to his remarkable first round to finish the week at one over par – two ahead of Player (72-70-71) – and in a tie for 42nd place.

“That was one of those dream rounds,” Charles said after playing the first round alongside fellow 76 year old Player.

“I have just bettered my age by ten shots – I have never got anywhere near that figure before. It’s quite remarkable really. I hope it’s a record [It was by five strokes].

“I have had some great days in my career and this is one of them. I felt young again. My putting certainly reminded of the days of my youth. I hit a lot of good shots and never missed any short putts and that was the secret really. I made two really big 15-foot par putts to and they were crucial.

“I take a lot of satisfaction from today. These days that is the goal and today was, as I said, like a dream and one I will never forget.”

Charles’s was the first left-hander to lift a Major with his win at the 1963 British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes.

He received a Knighthood in 1999 following an amazing career that saw him win almost 80 titles around the world, including the 1993 Senior Open Championship, 30 years after his Open success.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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