Couples wins, Senior 11th

Couples on his way to his first Champions Tour victoryFRED COUPLES has won at his first appearance in a full field US Champions Tour event while fellow tour rookie, Australian Peter Senior, finished a very creditable 11th.

Senior pocketed US$32,000 to help get his over-50 American professional golf tour season off to a great start at the ACE Group Classic in Florida.

Couples showed he will be a major Champions Tour force – if the body holds out – by overcoming a record-tying final round by another senior’s rookie, Tommy Armour III.

Armour shot a final round 61, a tour record equalling 11 under, while Couples “plodded” along with a 64.

Couples, who at one point had a five-shot lead, ended up winning by a stroke with a 17 under 199. Scott Hoch, the 2008 champion, finished third at 9 under.

Senior had a very consistent tournament, playing three rounds of 71 and finishing with a 3 under 213.

The only other Australian in the field was Graham March, who finished 64th.


  1. Good start for Senior. For some reason I have full confidence he’ll win out there this year. Couples is dominating early in the piece but Senior will get a win at some stage. He’s just too consistent.

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