Sir Bob Charles, the original left-handed master of the short game, set a personal record in the opening round of the Bad Ragaz PGA Senior Open in Switzerland yesterday, shooting a four-under-par 66 to better his age by a colossal 10 shots.
The Kiwi’s exploits, enough to make the efforts of playing partner Gary Player, who shot 72 to beat his age by four, look pedestrian by comparison, rocketed him into a share of third place, two shots behind leader David J. Russell.
Charles, winner of the 1963 Open Championship, sounded stunned in post-round interview with EuropeanTour.com.
“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.
“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.”
The 76-year-old is no stranger to unprecedented feats of scoring; in 2007 he became the oldest player, at 71, to make the cut in a regular European Tour event (he would finish the tournament comfortably inside the top-25).
Age is temporary…