AFTER finding success this year in Europe, Australia’s Peter Fowler is eyeing a spot on the lucrative US Champions Tour.
Following a “modest” 25 years on the European Tour with only one win –
the BMW International Open in 1993 – Fowler has bounced back from injury and seems to have found his niche in senior golf.
The 52 year old has been in contention all week at the 2011 Senior British Open, finishing tied for 7th, and has two wins and three top three finishes on the European Senior Tour this year.
Fowler was quoted at the Senior Open as fancying his chances in the US, possibly starting next season.
“Having played all around the world, I’d love to play there and actually experience American golf on a longer-term basis,” Fowler said Friday after shooting a 68. “I’ve travelled to Asia a lot and I’ve lived in England. I know how the rest of the world works. I don’t really know how America works.
“But it would be great experience to play with players like Tom Watson on a regular basis. It would be a lovely opportunity.”
If he keeps his place at the top of the European Order of Merit standings, currently 2nd, Fowler would be exempt from qualifying and would go straight to the school finals, which take place at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona from November 14 to 20.
After four rounds, Fowler would have to finish in the top five to make the Champions Tour, where he would loin regular fellow Australian starter Peter Senior.
Fowler’s resurgence is all the more remarkable considering he had surgery on his back and hip in 2009.
“My body’s feeling much better than it has for a while. I’ve done a lot of rehab — and I’m still doing it — and the body feels good,” he said. “I think it’s helping my golf swing because I’ve got to pay special attention to make sure that my body doesn’t move around too much. I’ve played pretty good since November last year.”