PETER “CHOOK” FOWLER continued his dream run with a second consecutive European Senior Tour title at the 2015 ISPA Handa PGA Seniors Championship in England.
Fowler, who celebrated his 56th birthday last week with a win at the Jersey Open, came into the final day at Close House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a four shot lead.
The Aussie veteran closed with a 1-under 70 to finish on 12-under, three ahead of Austria’s Gordon Manson (68).
Fowlered stuttered with a double bogey on the ninth to see his lead disappear but fought back with a flawless three birdie back nine to seal his fifth European Senior Tour win in fine style.
“Two wins in a row is something that doesn’t happen very often,” Fowler said. “There’s a lot of years of hard work, almost 15 years, to get to this stage, so it’s been worth it.
“I’m playing really good golf and whether you win or not it’s a bonus, but playing good golf is what I strive to do. My putting in particular has been the best it has been for a long, long time, so I’m chuffed with that. You can’t win tournaments without your putting.”
Fowler opened the tournament with a 68 to be joint leader after the first round, then strode away with consecutive 67s.
Scoring conditions were tougher in the north of England for the final day but Fowler managed to keep the great form going.
“It was colder so the ball wasn’t going nearly as far and I came up short with a few iron shots and a few from off the tee. I left myself a long shot in on the ninth especially.
“But I knew I was playing well, the best I have played for a few years actually. So it was great to get the job done and nice to have qualified for the US Senior Open Championship.
“I also have to say I enjoyed the course. It is a beautiful development, with great ambience. I played it three or four years ago and I forgot how the designer told me to play it. I certainly won’t forget anything about it now.”
Manson, whose second place finish was the best of his European Senior Tour career, was intent on focusing on the positives to come out of his impressive week.
“Peter (Fowler) said to me ‘well played you had me sweating out there’ and I gave him a bit of a run for his money. I had chances and got some good putts in today,” the Austrian said.
“It’s my best ever finish and I’m delighted. There was a little blemish on the last, but hey, I did so much good stuff this week.”
Aussies Terry Price and Mike Harwood finished inside the top-20 ending their week on T16 and 3-over, and 18th on 4-over respectively.
Fowler will be off to the 2015 US Senior Open Championship at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California, next week.
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