Peter Senior Wins The Emirates Australian Open Golf Tournament

By Les Bailey


Peter Senior
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On a day at  that saw winds, at times reaching 80 k/ph(50 mph), Peter Senior found a way to tame the winds, and the Lakes Golf Course in Sydney Australia on Sunday afternoon, and became the oldest winner of the Emirates Australian Open in history. The 53 year old Australian, who hasn’t won since the 2010 Australian PGA Championship made two bogeys and two birdies to shoot even par in the nasty weather, and posted a winning score at -4 under par. He made up a 10 shot deficit for the win.

The weather conditions caused a three hour delay in play, and saw towers throughout the course being blown over. The tournament had the look and feel of  a British Open in July.

Senior, who was born in Singapore, also won the 2003 Australian PGA Championship, but has not won on the European Tour since 1992 when he won the Benson & Hedges International Open at St Mellion Golf and Country Club in a playoff against Tony Johnstone. That was the last of his four victories in Europe. He has won 21 events on the Australian Tour, and had three wins on the Japan Tour. He won the Handa Australian Seniors Open in 2010, beating Sandy Lyle by three strokes.

Brendan Jones shot a -1 under par 71 on a day that was more suited for duck hunting than golf, to finish alone in second place. Cameron Percy claimed a solo third place, shooting one over par in the windy conditions. The low score of the day was a -3 under par 69 shot by Tom Watson. The wylie old veteran once again exhibited his skill with links style golf, and why he won five Open Championships, and three Senior Open Championships. Watson finished his tournament at 5 over par in a tie for 28th place along with fellow American, Kyle Stanley.

Tournament favorites Justin Rose and Adam Scott both shot 4 over par on Sunday. Rose ended his day with a tournament total of -1 under par, and tied with Kim Felton and Cameron Percy, both Australian, for 4th place. Local favorite, Adam Scott finished at two over par tied for 14th with Matthew Goggin, Cameron Smith, and Steven Jones.

First and third round leader, John Senden carded a 10 over par 82 in the wind storm, and finished in a tie for 18th place.

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