PETER SENIOR has a last ditch opportunity to brighten his season as the US Champions Tour plays its final full field event this week.
Senior only gained a place at the 2015 Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach in California by finishing third in Monday qualifying.
The 56 year old Queenslander currently sits in 38th position on the Champions Tour money list and needs to get into the top 30 if he is to qualify for the season ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week.
Should he do so it would also mean regaining full playing privileges for the tour next year.
Senior, who hasn’t won on the lucrative US over 50’s circuit in six years, needs to finish very near the top of the field if he is to advance.
The challenge is made even harder by the fact that the Newport Beach Country Club field for the first time this season features all the top 30 players from the 2014 Money List.
The field includes defending champion Fred Couples along with fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh, Hale Irwin and Tom Kite.
Charles Schwab Cup
The Toshiba Classic sets the stage for the finale of a season which began in Hawaii in January.
Next week it is on to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the season-long points race for US$2.1 million in bonuses will be decided.
Only three golfers have a chance to win the Charles Schwab Cup and the US$1 million first-place prize.
Colin Montgomerie, runner-up last year to Bernhard Langer, is the points leader by a slim margin over Jeff Maggert with Langer currently in third place.
The gap between first and third is a mere 66 points after 22 of 24 tournaments, the closest it has been for some years.
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Toshiba Classic Leaderboard