PETER SENIOR has again come agonisingly close to his maiden US Champions Tour win finishing just one stroke behind Jay Hass at the 2011 3M Championship in Blaine, Minnesota.
After opening rounds of 65 and 67 on the par 72 TPC Twin Cities Golf Course, Senior went into the final round as joint leader on 12-under with American John Huston.
He played solidly before dropping a shot on the 9th and then fought back with three birdies coming home.
His final tally of 70 was just one adrift of Haas, who had a two putt from 30 foot out to win but nervously backed off twice.
Speaking later, Haas sounded like he had been a three putt waiting to happen.
“I probably should have just run up there and hit because the more I backed off the more my arm started to shake and my hands were shaking,” Haas said.
“I’m all about speed, and I have a picture in my head of how hard I want to hit it and I just couldn’t see that speed for some reason. I was just thinking about don’t hit it fat, don’t rip it by, don’t do all this stuff, all these negative thoughts, so I backed away. Then I kind of heard something kind of rustling around and I backed away again. I was just trying to be as ready as I could be.”
In the end he managed to stay the nerves and sink the second putt for a 68 to finish at 15-under.
Senior tied for second with Kenny Perry (66) and Tom Lehman (68).
The 52 year old Australian had been eligible to play in the World Golf Championship event in Ohio thanks to his Australian PGA Championship victory but chose instead to contest the 3M.
He would have ended up with a substantial cheque whatever the result at Firestone but instead pocketed his near miss and US$128,000 in Blaine.
Senior is now 7th on the 2011 Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Points table and 8th on the money list with almost US$810,00 in winnings for the year.2011 3M Championship Final Leaderboard