2012 US Champions Tour in Tampa Bay

PETER SENIOR will have another crack at his maiden US Champions Tour victory when the over 50’s juggernaut rolls into Tampa Bay this week for the 2012 Encompass Insurance Pro-Am.

Senior is Australia’s sole representative in the event which will again feature a high class field of well-known names.

John Cook is the defending champion in a field bristling with major winners including Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson, Nick Price, Curtis Strange and Tom Watson.

The tournament will feature the Champions Tour debut of three-time PGA Tour winner Kirk Triplett.

Triplett became the oldest ever winner on the Nationwide Tour when he won the 2011 News Sentinel Open aged 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.

He’ll be itching to become just the sixth player to win on all three tours.

“I come to every tournament to try and win it,” Triplett said this week, while knowing full well he is not the biggest name in a field full of names from his past.

“My wife texted me and I said, this is really weird,” Triplett said. “It’s like being in a time machine.”

He’s hoping to have more success than he did on the regular tour.

“I had a few wins on Tour but it’s not like I was a world beater or anything,” Triplett said. “I was just a nice, consistent player. I’m looking to build on that and hopefully break through some barriers that I couldn’t break through on the regular tour.

“But these guys were beating me 20 years ago so I’ll have to do something different or it’s going to turn out the same way.”

The event, at the TPC Tampa Bay in Florida, is being telecast in Australia on Fox Sports with selected live coverage in the wee small hours and later replays.

Champions Tour 2012 Encompass Insurance Pro-Am Leaderboard

Champions Tour 2012 Encompass Insurance Pro-Am Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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