Australian Open Golf: Senior becomes oldest winner
10 December, 2012
SYDNEY: Tour elder Peter Senior overcame galeforce winds to become the oldest Australian Open golf champion with a one-stroke victory at The Lakes on Sunday.
The 53-year-old Australian held his game together after a three-hour wind delay to post a dogged par 72 final round to win his second Stonehaven Cup at four-under 284 from compatriot Brendan Jones (71). Another Australian, Cameron Percy (73), was third, with English world number four Justin Rose in a group of three golfers at one-under.
Senior's second Open victory came 23 years after his first national open triumph in 1989. The previous oldest Open winner was five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson at 43 at South Australia's Kooyonga in 1972. “I'm getting a bit long in the tooth now. I really thought these days were over,” Senior said. “God, golf is such a funny game. One minute you think you're down, the next minute you're up. This is probably the most special. I can't believe how many people stuck it out. I would have been at home in bed by now,” he said after the tournament finished in near darkness following the lengthy delay. As virtually the entire field went backwards in winds gusting up to 80 kilometres an hour (50mph), Senior dropped just two shots all day, at the fifth and seventh holes. Birdies on the par-4 10th and 12th holes proved decisive.