Peter “Chook” Fowler continued his rich vein of form on the European Senior Tour, joint leader after the first round of the ISPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship in England.
Coming off his win at the Jersey Open last week, the Aussie veteran shot a flawless 3-under 68 at the Close House Hotel and Golf Club in the country’s north-east to lead along with three-time winner Carl Mason, his English compatriot Gary Emerson and Frenchman Jean Pierre Sallat.
Fowler, who celebrated his 56th birthday on Tuesday and is a four-time European Senior Tour winner, got off to the perfect start with an opening birdie. But he had to bide his time for the next gain, which eventually arrived at the 14th hole. There was another at the 16th to see him finish with a share of the lead.
Fowler, who moved up to third place on the Senior Tour Order of Merit behind Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer following his triumph last week, said: “I was very steady today, hit a lot of fairways and greens. My team also won the Pro-Am, so I seem to like this place so far!
“It’s a beautiful development, the course is in great shape and the set-up is very good. I’m staying here as well, and the rooms are outstanding. It’s in great condition, and there’s a nice ambience around the whole place.”
Mason, who took the title in 2004, 2007 and 2009, is without a victory in the over-50s ranks for four years.
“I holed some very nice putts early on, and suddenly I was three under after four which was a shock – a nice shock. I hit it steady all the way through, so I was pleased with that,” the Englishman said.
Other Aussies competing in the event, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, are Mike Harwood (70), Terry Price (70), Noel Ratcliffe (73), Graham Bannister (75), Glen Joyner (75) and Tim Elliott (79).
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