THEY’LL be taking away Peter Senior’s belt and shoelaces soon after he again narrowly missed out on his maiden US Champions Tour title.
The Australian shot a course record equalling final round 8-under to finish tied at the top of the leaderboard at the 2011 Songdo IBD Championship in Incheon, South Korea, only to lose in a four man playoff.
That is his second playoff loss this year and adds to a string of near misses. The 52 year old has had three 2nd placings, one 3rd, ten top 10s and 14 top 25s in 18 starts.
Senior noted recently he was getting tired of putting himself in a position to win and then not producing on Sunday.
This time it was the other way around and he had to sit and cool his heels for an hour waiting for the final groups to finish to see if his 13-under total was good enough to take the title.
After starting with rounds of 68 and 71 he had fired a sizzling final round including a seven birdie from nine hole stretch in the middle. Crucially, he missed a couple of birdie chances in the final holes.
In the end, some clutch putts from others put him into the four man playoff.
Senior and Mark O’Meara were eliminated with bogeys at the third extra hole while Jay Don Blake went on to beat fellow American John Cook with a 10 foot birdie putt on the fifth.
It was Blake’s maiden Champions Tour win and his first tour win since 1991 in an injury interrupted career.
Senior at least hasn’t had to wait that long, and could take solace in the fact he was accepting his biggest cheque on the tour for the year, $US225,000, taking him to third place on the season long Charles Schwab Cup points table, and to 4th on the 2011 money list with $US1,240,000.
“I drove it well all week,” Senior commented. “My irons were the right distance and I had lots of birdie opportunities inside 10 feet. It was one of those days where I really got on a roll. I’ve had a good run this year. Last year was my first full year of golf in 10 years. I feel like my game is getting better.”
The next Champions Tour event is the SAS Championship, in North Carolina, in two weeks.2011 Songdo IBD Championship Final Results