56 year old Peter Senior has once again seemingly turned back time, with an incredible two stroke victory at the 2015 Australian Masters.
This was Senior’s third gold jacket with his two previous titles coming in 1991 and 1995. The win was also Senior’s second victory on the Australasian Tour in the past three years, having also taken out the 2012 Australian Open.
Senior’s win was made all the more remarkable considering some of the title favourites in the field included World Number 12 Adam Scott and fellow Australians Steven Bowditch, John Senden and Brett Rumford.
For Scott, a third round 77 in blustery conditions at the magnificent Huntingdale Golf Club, meant he was always going to struggle to get back into contention in the final round. Having led after the first round, the tournament could well have become a procession if not for his slip on Saturday. The Queenslander showed some flashes of brilliance on Sunday afternoon but it was never going to be enough.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Senior, either. A wayward tee shot on the tough Par 4 17th led to a bogey, but a brilliant up and down from a greenside bunker on the last, saw him take a one shot lead into the clubhouse, where he calmly watched on as his challengers faltered.
This was a fantastic result for one of Australia’s most popular players and a great result for golf, with the game once again proving it knows no limits when it comes to age.
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