Chook wins second European Seniors title

PETER ‘CHOOK’ FOWLER has won his second European Senior Tour title of the year with a dramatic come from behind victory at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

The 52 year old Aussie finished on 14-under, overturning a seven-shot deficit to overcome Chilean Angel Fernandez with a five under par 65 in the final round.

Fernandez opened with rounds of 61 and 63 but blew out with a 75 in the third and final round.

Scot Andrew Oldcorn took the runner-up spot, two shots back, after a final round 68, while Fernandez finished tied for third on 11 under alongside South African Chris Williams, Englishman Gary Wolstenholme and Claude Grenier of Austria.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Fowler, whose comeback is the largest on the Senior Tour since the 2006 London Senior Masters.

“I didn’t know I was leading until the last couple of holes, so that was the only time I got a bit nervous.

“Angel was playing so well I thought there was no way he’d let a lead like that slip. I thought I would have to shoot 63 today to have any chance of winning, but it turns out 65 was enough and I’m glad I played so well.

“It was probably a good job I didn’t know I was leading otherwise I might have been more nervous and messed it up.

“I’m very tired after six weeks on the road, so I’m looking forward to flying back to London tonight and having two weeks’ rest. It’ll probably be too late tonight to celebrate properly – I’ll have to save that for during the week.

“This is my second win of the season so this year’s gone pretty well so far. I’ve been very happy with my game the last six months.”

Fowler ended a two year wait for his maiden European Senior Tour title with a three stroke victory in the 2011 ISPS Handa Senior Masters in England early last month.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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