|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Stuart Carl Mason|
25 June 1953|
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Residence||Adderbury, Oxfordshire, England|
|Current tour(s)||European Senior Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|European Senior Tour||25 (1st all-time)|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T4: 1980|
|Achievements and awards|
|Sir Henry Cotton|
Rookie of the Year
|European Senior Tour|
Order of Merit winner
|2003, 2004, 2007|
Stuart Carl Mason (born 25 June 1953) is an English professional golfer.
Mason was born in Buxton, Derbyshire. He won several amateur tournaments, before turning professional and becoming something of a journeyman on the European Tour. After twenty years of trying he finally won on tour for the first time in 1994. His biggest successes, however, have come after turning 50. Since then he has become the highest career money winner on the European Senior Tour, picked up 25 tournament victories and headed the Order of Merit three times.
Mason turned professional in 1973, following an outstanding amateur career playing out of Goring & Streatley Golf Club, and was a rookie on the European Tour the following year. He finished in 67th place on the Order of Merit that year and was recipient of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. He made the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit twenty three years in a row up to 1996, with a best ranking of 19th in 1994. In 1980, he finished tied for 4th with Jack Nicklaus in The Open Championship held at Muirfield.
Despite those successes, Mason only won twice on the European Tour, both times in 1994. His first victory came at the 455th attempt, in the Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia, and the second in the Scottish Open just a few months later. He also won three times on the Safari Circuit in Africa.
European Senior Tour
After a spell working for the PGA European Tour as a tournament referee, he joined the European Seniors Tour on turning fifty. He was immediately successful as a senior, winning four of his first eleven events and topping the Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004. He was Order of Merit runner-up in each of the following two seasons before recapturing top spot in 2007. That year, after winning the European Senior Masters, he surpassed Tommy Horton as the highest career money earner on the European Seniors Tour. The next week he won the PGA Seniors Championship, and went on to finish the 2007 season with earnings of €412,376, a new record for money won in a season on the tour, breaking his previous record of €354,775 set in 2004. In 2010, he won his 23rd EST event, which placed him in a tie with Tommy Horton for the most EST wins. In May 2011, Mason who his 24th event, the OKI Open de Espana Senior. He won his 25th event at the Benahavis Senior Masters in October 2011.
Amateur wins (1)
- 1973 British Youths Amateur Open Championship
Professional wins (30)
European Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||27 Feb 1994||Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia||–10 (67-70-71-70=278)||2 strokes||José María Olazábal|
|2||9 Jul 1994||Bell's Scottish Open||–15 (67-69-61-68=265)||1 stroke||Peter Mitchell|
Other wins (3)
European Senior Tour wins (25)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||13 Jul 2003||Mobile Cup||–10 (69-66-68=203)||1 stroke||Bob Cameron|
|2||20 Sep 2003||The Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz
Seniors Match Play Championship
|1 up||Denis O'Sullivan|
|3||28 Sep 2003||Merseyside English Seniors Open||–8 (71-66-71=208)||1 stroke||Bill Longmuir, Denis O'Sullivan|
|4||12 Oct 2003||Estoril Seniors Tour Championship||–11 (64-73-65=202)||8 strokes|| Keith MacDonald, Noel Ratcliffe,|
|5||21 Mar 2004||Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic||–9 (71-64-72=207)||3 strokes||David Good|
|6||6 Jun 2004||AIB Irish Seniors Open||–10 (68-69-69=206)||1 stroke||Nick Job|
|7||8 Aug 2004||De Vere PGA Seniors Championship||–13 (67-71-69-68=275)||Playoff||Seiji Ebihara, Jim Rhodes|
|8||11 Sep 2004||The Daily Telegraph Turismo Andaluz
European Seniors Match Play Championship
|3 & 2||John Chillas|
|9||26 Sep 2004||ADT English Seniors Open||–3 (71-67-75=213)||3 strokes||Bob Cameron, John Chillas|
|10||26 Jun 2005||De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic||–16 (68-63-69=200)||3 strokes||Eamonn Darcy|
|11||3 Jul 2005||Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open||–5 (68-69-65=202)||5 strokes||Bob Charles, Denis O'Sullivan|
|12||10 Sep 2006||European Senior Masters||–7 (73-67-69=209)||2 strokes||Horacio Carbonetti|
|13||17 Sep 2006||Midas Group English Seniors Open||–4 (70-71-71=212)||1 stroke||Stewart Ginn|
|14||22 Oct 2006||Estoril Seniors Open of Portugal||–9 (64-69-71=204)||4 strokes||Stewart Ginn, Sam Torrance|
|15||17 Jun 2007||Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open||–6 (73-69-68=210)||2 strokes||Ross Drummond, Juan Quirós|
|16||12 Aug 2007||Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open||–16 (65-64-65=194)||6 strokes|| Horacio Carbonetti, Costantino Rocca,|
David J Russell
|17||2 Sep 2007||European Senior Masters||–6 (71-66-73=210)||Playoff||Costantino Rocca|
|18||9 Sep 2007||PGA Seniors Championship||–20 (67-67-67-67=268)||6 strokes||Philippe Dugeny, Costantino Rocca|
|19||21 Oct 2007||OKI Castellón Open de España Senior||–17 (66-68-65=199)||4 strokes||Luis Carbonetti|
|20||10 Aug 2008||Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open||–15 (69-61-65=195)||2 strokes||Bill Longmuir|
|21||28 Jun 2009||De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship||–9 (73-70-67-69=279)||3 strokes||Ángel Franco, Chris Williams|
|22||18 Oct 2009||Benahavis Senior Masters||–7 (66-72-68=206)||Playoff||Gordon Brand, Jnr|
|23||4 Jul 2010||Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open||–11 (64-67-68=199)||2 strokes||Jerry Bruner|
|24||20 May 2011||OKI Open de Espana Senior||–13 (67-65-68=200)||4 strokes||George Ryall|
|25||16 Oct 2011||Benahavis Senior Masters||–9 (70-65-69=204)||3 strokes||Mark James, Gary Wolstenholme|
Results in major championship
The only major that Mason has played in was The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- World Cup (representing England): 1980
- Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1980 (winners)
- UBS Cup (representing the Rest of the World): 2003 (tie), 2004
- Record-breaker Mason makes history in Spain
- Glover, Tim (28 February 1994). "Mason's memorable end to his 20-year odyssey: A 40-year-old journeyman celebrates long-awaited victory". London: The Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
- Glover, Tim (11 July 1994). "Mason chips his way to unqualified success". London: The Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
- "Mason makes history at Woburn". PGA European Tour. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
- Ace Mase equals record with victory in Switzerland