Murhof Legends - Austrian Senior Open R3

Coceres clinches second Staysure Tour triumph

September 27-29
Golfclub Murhof, Frohnleiten, Austria
€250,000
Round 1, Round 2


José Coceres held off the challenge of a Major Champion and several Ryder Cup stars to collect his second Staysure Tour win of the season at the Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open.

Austrian Senior Open R3 - José Coceres held off the challenge of a Major Champion and several Ryder Cup stars to collect his second season win
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The Argentinian, who began the day with a six-shot lead after carding a course record round of ten under par 62 on moving day, looked vulnerable in the early-going as he dropped shots on the fourth and sixth holes.

Complicating matters for Coceres, 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year Paul Lawrie began his final round with a hole-out eagle on the first and a birdie at the second as he pulled within three of the lead. The Ryder Cup star continued to press all day, carding a seven under par 65 to finish alone in second place.

Coceres steadied the ship after the early miscues, but his lead was again reduced to two strokes with only three holes to play.

Ultimately, the 56-year-old came up big when it mattered, finishing birdie-birdie and emphatically sealing a four stroke victory in style with a 25-foot putt at the last.


“I’m very happy to win this week,” he said. “It’s special to have my son here caddying for me, and I really want to thank my coach, Chino Fernandez, who I’ve been in close contact with all week. He’s been checking my swing and we’ve been talking on the phone.”

The win at Golfclub Murhof is both the second of his season after he claimed the Swiss Seniors Open in July, and the second of his over-50s career, both of which have come with his son caddying.

“It’s important to have my son on the bag for my back,” he joked. “But really, it’s important because he knows me, and when we work together it really helps me to play my best.

“I’m very happy to win here. The course, the volunteers and the entire week has been very nice and it was a beautiful day today. It was a good week. A very good week.”

With victory, Coceres moves to second on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, behind Welshman Phillip Price, who finished alone in the third place in Austria. Coceres also joins Englishman David Shacklady as the only two-time winners this year.

The Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open was the first Staysure Tour tournament to be staged in Austria. The over-50s circuit has now held tournaments in an astounding 45 different countries.

Tournament host and Austrian golfing legend Markus Brier was followed by large galleries all week, but could not manage to keep momentum going throughout the tournament and settled for a share of 40th.

The Austrian will look to earn a senior win on the same course he earned his first professional victory when the tournament returns to the Staysure Tour International Schedule in 2020.

The Staysure Tour now travels to Coventry, England for the Farmfoods European Senior Masters hosted by Peter Baker, which runs from October 4-6 at Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money
1
COCERES José
ARG
-19
66
62
69
197
€ 37,276
2
LAWRIE Paul
SCO
-15
70
66
65
201
€ 24,851
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-14
67
67
68
202
€ 17,396
4
GOLDING Philip
ENG
-13
67
70
66
203
€ 13,668
5
DODD Stephen
WAL
-12
64
71
69
204
€ 10,599
5
LANE Barry
ENG
-12
67
70
67
204
€ 10,599
7
EVANS Gary
ENG
-11
65
74
66
205
€ 7,952
7
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-11
68
68
69
205
€ 7,952
7
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
-11
66
70
69
205
€ 7,952
10
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-10
69
71
66
206
€ 6,213
10
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-10
66
68
72
206
€ 6,213
12
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-9
71
68
68
207
€ 4,908
12
GILFORD David
ENG
-9
68
70
69
207
€ 4,908
12
KINGSTON James
RSA
-9
69
67
71
207
€ 4,908
12
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-9
67
72
68
207
€ 4,908
16
DENNIS Clark
USA
-8
71
69
68
208
€ 3,984
16
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-8
68
70
70
208
€ 3,984
16
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
-8
68
73
67
208
€ 3,984
19
FARRY Marc
FRA
-7
70
71
68
209
€ 3,529
20
QUIROS Juan
ESP
-6
70
72
68
210
€ 3,255
20
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-6
67
73
70
210
€ 3,255
22
BOSSERT André
SUI
-5
71
70
70
211
€ 2,814
22
LEVET Thomas
FRA
-5
66
68
77
211
€ 2,814
22
LUNA Santiago
ESP
-5
70
68
73
211
€ 2,814
22
STREETER Paul
ENG
-5
70
74
67
211
€ 2,814
26
EALES Paul
ENG
-4
71
75
66
212
€ 2,485
27
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-3
71
72
70
213
€ 2,230
27
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
-3
71
69
73
213
€ 2,230
27
TINNING Steen
DEN
-3
71
72
70
213
€ 2,230
27
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-3
71
71
71
213
€ 2,230
31
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
-2
66
75
73
214
€ 1,963
31
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
-2
72
72
70
214
€ 1,963
31
THELEN Tim
USA
-2
70
75
69
214
€ 1,963
34
DAVIS Mark
ENG
-1
69
76
70
215
€ 1,690
34
HAEGGMAN Joakim
SWE
-1
72
70
73
215
€ 1,690
34
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
-1
72
74
69
215
€ 1,690
34
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
-1
71
72
72
215
€ 1,690
34
OLSEN Dan
USA
-1
73
72
70
215
€ 1,690
34
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-1
70
75
70
215
€ 1,690
40
BRIER Markus
AUT
0
71
71
74
216
€ 1,441
40
JOB Nick
ENG
0
72
71
73
216
€ 1,441
40
MANSON Gordon
AUT
0
70
74
72
216
€ 1,441
40
WILSON Peter
ENG
0
73
72
71
216
€ 1,441
44
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
1
73
74
70
217
€ 1,267
44
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
1
72
71
74
217
€ 1,267
44
SUNESON Carl
ESP
1
71
74
72
217
€ 1,267
47
BROWN Simon P
ENG
2
77
71
70
218
€ 1,118
47
EMERSON Gary
ENG
2
72
77
69
218
€ 1,118
47
WHARTON Mark
ENG
2
74
74
70
218
€ 1,118
50
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
6
72
76
74
222
€ 1,019
51
GRENIER Claude
AUT
9
74
76
75
225
€ 969
52
WALTON Philip
IRL
12
73
76
79
228
€ 919
53
BAUER (AM) Charly
AUT
14
72
80
78
230
€ 0
54
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
22
78
79
81
238
€ 870
55
AUSTIN Richard
ENG
24
80
83
77
240
€ 820
56
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-1
65
78
0
143
€ 0
57
ORR Gary
SCO
0
0
0
0
0
€ 0