Injury won't stop Darcy

By Brian Keogh

Injury-plagued Eamonn Darcy has vowed that his bad back won't end his seniors career.

The Wicklow man, 55, was forced to withdraw through injury for the third time this season in the European Senior Masters at Woburn.

But he is determined to get back on track by trying a revolutionary treatment he hopes will leave him pain free.

After pulling out before the final round, he said: "I got through two days putting well, but the pain just became too much and I couldn't keep going.

"It's one of the discs in my back and I need to see somebody about this quickly. I've had this for 20 years I'm looking into a new procedure where they burn the nerve near the joint.

"I only have a few tournaments to go this year but I have already pulled out of the Senior PGA next week. Hopefully I can get back for Copenhagen in a few weeks."

England's Carl Mason grabbed a dramatic victory when he beat Italy's Costantino Rocca with a birdie at the first extra hole.

Two behind Rocca playing the 18th, Mason holed a 45-foot monster for birdie to force extra holes as the Italian bogeyed

Cork's Denis O'Sullivan was the best of the Irish in a share of 13th after a 73 with Jimmy Heggarty tied 49th after a 78.