PETER SENIOR has missed the playoff for the year’s final US Champions Tour major by a stroke.
A bogey on the 15th left him one short of American duo Fred Couples and John Cook who finished the 2011 Senior Players Championship tied on 11-under.
Couples knocked in a three foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to take his first senior major.
With two birdies and two bogies in his even par final round, Senior finished alone in third spot.
The 52 year old Queenslander continued his great run this year and was never far off the pace at the Westchester Country Club’s West Course in Harrison, New York, opening with a 5-under round of 66 and following that with rounds of 69, 68 and 71.
The win pushed his winnings on the Champions Tour this year over the million dollar mark (US$1,004,229) and he is now seventh on the money list. Senior has finished in the top six in four of the five senior majors this year.
Couples was fresh from some type of alternative procedure on his notoriously temperamental back in Germany but still wasn’t entirely comfortable on the course.
The 1992 Masters champion won four times on the over 50’s tour last year but has been absent for much of 2011 and this was his first win this year.
He had to battle s stiff wind and a sore left hip that began giving him trouble during a nearly two-hour rain delay.
“I wouldn’t say I was playing awesome golf before the rain delay but it wasn’t bad,” Couples said. “After the rain delay, I just didn’t feel very good. I hit some good drives but I was not all that great.”
“That’s great,” Couples said. “I get to play with the studs, so that’ll be fun.”
Cook (70) held a share of the lead for nine holes but bogeyed No. 16 and missed birdie putts on the final two holes, forcing the second straight playoff and fourth overall in the event.