Broadhurst enjoys debut to remember

Paul Broadhurst of England poses with the trophy after the final round of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open played at the Fidra Course, Archerfield Links Golf Club on August 29, 2015 in North Berwick, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
Paul Broadhurst of England poses with the trophy after the final round of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open played at the Fidra Course, Archerfield Links Golf Club on August 29, 2015 in North Berwick, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
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Former Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst defeated Gordon Manson on the second hole of a play-off in the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open to join an exclusive club of players who have won on their European Senior Tour debut.

The Englishman, who only celebrated his 50th birthday 15 days ago, becomes just the 10th player to win first time out on the European Senior Tour and he had to do it the hard way by holing a curling downhill 25-foot putt to get into a play-off at Archerfield Links Golf Club. He then needed two more birdies to beat a dogged opponent who earlier in the year had won his own maiden Senior Tour title at the Swiss Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz.

Broadhurst had briefly held a four shot lead over the field after reaching seven under par after 12 holes of his second round but by the time he had posted a 68 he had been caught by Mason and he needed to come out the next day and card a flawless 68 to claim the €53,778 first prize.

“I’m speechless,” he said after ending Manson’s hopes of becoming the first Scottish-born winner of the title since Sam Torrance back in 2006.

“I have to admit I’m a bit surprised because I’ve got a dreadful play-off record. I mean it’s dreadful. Absolutely dire. I was two from 12 before today and none from four on the European Tour, so I suppose you could say I was due one.

“This means a lot to me. It’s been nine years since I won a tournament as big as this so I’m a bit emotional at the moment. I want to dedicate it to Dave Baxter, a real big pal of mine who died earlier this year. He travelled around the world with me so it’s a shame he isn’t around to see this today.”

Austrian Manson was in a sanguine mood after settling for second place behind the former Ryder Cup player. He had also carded a flawless 68 to finish tied with Broadhurst on seven under par 209 but saw his hopes of a second win of the season dashed after his 15-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole horse-shoe out of the hole.

“That was a great putt Paul hit on the last hole to get into the play-off and he followed that with two more birdies in extra time so I can’t be too hard on myself,” he said.

“I was relaxed all day and feeling strong but in the end Paul did a little better than me and all credit to him for that.”

Ireland’s Des Smyth finished in a share of 23rd on five over par with Ronan Rafferty a shot back on six over in a share of 25th.