Fowler goes close in Germany

Peter Fowler
Chook Fowler back in form

DEFENDING European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler has finished with a share of second in the latest tour event in Munich.

The 53 year old Australian was in contention with a number of senior tour regulars before a thrilling finish by America’s Tim Thelen.

Thelen secured his maiden victory with a final round 68 that included an albatross as well as three birdies in his final four holes.

“I can’t actually put it into words what this means to me,” said Thelen after being presented with the Berenberg Masters trophy by tournament Ambassador Gary Player.

“To beat these guys – real legends of the game – makes it so special to win here. It feels amazing and I actually can’t believe it right now.

“Guys like Bernhard Langer, Barry Lane, Peter Fowler and Mark Mouland are real legends of the game. When you look at what they have done, what they have won around the world it really puts in into perspective.

“I have won once in my career so I can’t really hold myself up against those guys, but it feel pretty good right now to have come out on top here today.”

The 51 year old could not have got off to a better start as he holed out his perfect six iron approach from 192 yards for an albatross two on the par five first hole.

He finished on 15-under, three shots ahead of Fowler, Lane and Mouland, with Langer a further shot back on 11 under.

The other Aussies in the field were Graham Banister (tied 8th), Rodger Davis and Mike Harwood (tied 20th), David Merriman (tied 29th), Tim Elliott (tied 47th) and Noel Ratcliffe (tied 55th).

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