PETER FOWLER had his best US Senior Open finish on the weekend but after sharing the lead at stages of the event will be a little disappointed with the final result.
Fowler didn’t have a happy back nine at the Del Paso Country Club in California with four late bogies seeing him close with a 2-over 72, finishing on 1-under tied for 17th.
Fowler led the event along with veteran Tom Watson and eventual winner Jeff Maggert at the halfway mark and was really on a high after coming off back to back wins on the European Senior Tour.
However, he will no doubt be buoyed by his featured role on the senior tour world stage.
“I’ve been really happy with my game,” he said after his second round. “It is the best I’ve putted for 20 years. I’ve got a new putter, and it’s nicely balanced, and it’s suited me. My good golf started when I qualified for the US Senior Open in Kansas a month ago. It’s carried on.”
As for Maggert, he closed with a final round 5-under 65 for his second Champions Tour major victory of the year.
He finished at 10-under, two strokes ahead of Colin Montgomerie (66) with Bernhard Langer (68) and Kiwi Grant Waite (67) sharing third on 7-under.
Magger’s two major wins sees him inhabiting some rarefied air, joining with Montgomerie (three) and Langer (three)in winning the past eight senior majors.
“It’s satisfying just because the guys out here on the Champions Tour are the same guys that I was trying to beat 20 years ago,” Maggert said.
The 51-year-old American, won his first senior major last month in Alabama in the Regions Tradition and also had a regular Champions Tour victory in Mississippi last year, had just three wins in 20 years on the PGA Tour. He’s now matched that total in a little more than a year on the Champions Tour.
“I had a lot of good runs in the U.S. Open over the years and probably lacked a little maturity to pull it off,” he said. “But certainly, now that I’m an old guy, I’ve learned a lot and was able to just steady myself and play well.”
Watson missed his chance to carve his place as the oldest winner of a senior major at age 65. After leading for much of the opening rounds he started the final round just one back but was never a factor, shooting a 69 to tie for seventh at 5 under.
Peter Senior (70) also contended early but finished at 2-over tied for 26th.US Senior Open Results